Friday, 26 June 2009

Brian Coleman keeps the taxi meters turning over

Brian Coleman is a Conservative councillor from the London Borough of Barnet. This is how he lives:

"The chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, Tory Councillor Brian Coleman, claimed nearly £400 from brigade funds to make a taxi journey across town to attend a glittering banquet hosted by the Lord Mayor...

"Rather than make the short hop across London using the free travelcard that comes with his position, Coleman decided to arrive in style by black taxi. The return fare itself totalled £104, but the bulk of the cost - an eye-watering £264 - was incurred due to the driver being told to wait for five hours on the pavement, while Coleman was inside hob-nobbing it with the rich and powerful."

This single claim is just one of many many outrageous claims made by Coleman over the years.

In the year 2006-7 Coleman claimed more than £10,000 in taxi fares from the London Assembly.

This was more than all other members' claims put together

The next year he appeared to claim less at around £8000.

However, as my investigations showed, Coleman had simply transferred some of his claims onto his lower profile job at the London Fire Authority.

And this is without even mentioning his lunching habits.

This has all been widely publicised, yet for some reason Boris Johnson decided to reappoint Brian to his position just last month.

Is it because Brian is a man after Boris's own heart?

Or is because Boris Johnson is just the worst judge of character in London politics?


RTM said...

The fact that people continually vote for these buffoons is a sign that there is no hope for humanity. People died for our right to democracy, and yet "the masses" just screw it up!

AdamB said...

Here's a partial shot of Brian's invoice:

There's plenty more where that came from.

Chris said...

Brian Coleman must be the luckiest man in politics. He's had expenses scandal after expenses scandal and he still keeps on getting promoted. What does he have going for him. Does he know where all the bodies are buried or something?

AdamB said...

Bodies? Let's not get carried away ;)

SCA said...

An absolute disgusting abuse of power.

This taxi receipt is the equivilent of 69 hours work for a worker on minimum wage.

Or its a few quid short of one weeks wage for a fireman risking his life.


Brian Coleman (aka Mr Toad) has GOT to go! said...

Adam - your blog is excellent. Thank you for keeping on publicising Mr Toad's excesses despite his bullying.

Brian Coleman (aka Mr Toad) has GOT to go!:



Anonymous said...

Perhaps this why he wants to abolish their museum so that there is a budget for his travels.

Appealing of Ealing said...

Yep, a disgraceful abuse of public money. He should be punished.

AdamB said...

In the interests of balance, here's Brian Coleman's response in full

Chris said...

Good to see Coleman taking it seriously then!

Don't Call Me Dave said...

If David Cameron is genuine when he says he wants to clean up politics, he can start by having the Conservative whip removed from this arrogant oaf who shows nothing but contempt for the electorate.

I have a theory that Dinosaur Coleman knows that his days as a politician are numbered and is getting in as much troughing as he can before he finally gets the order of the boot.

AdamB said...

Who Brian Coleman dined with at our great expense that night:

sarah hart said...

Well, look on the bright side.
He doesn't have need for moat cleaning or a duck house.
Watch out for any claims for toilet seats after all those dinners.
Am I right in thinking that he could get a second mortgage with all those taxi claims.
Or is it that David Cameron is tough on the grandees on their way out, but not his chums and he doesn't want to rock Boris's boat before the general election?

Harold said...

,the bulk of the cost - an eye-watering £264 - was incurred due to the driver being told to wait for five hours on the pavement, while Coleman was inside hob-nobbing it with the rich and powerful,
Could it have been that he found a good taxi driver and didn't want to lose him, rather than complete and utter contempt, hypocricy and greed on the part of Mr Coleman?

Tom said...

Surely most London cabbies can *smell* BriCo by now, what with him apparently operating as a public money fountain for years.