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?