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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Bertha Joseph "will not stand as a Conservative"

Boris Johnson's disgraced former fire chief Bertha Joseph will no longer be a candidate for the Conservative Party one of her colleagues said today.

Senior Brent Tory John Detre told me that Bertha had been a "hard working councillor" who was "hounded out by the Labour Party."

However, when asked whether she would stand for them again, he replied:

"No she will not stand as a Conservative."

Cllr Detre's comments came after Bertha resigned from the Fire Authority, and after I revealed that she was the subject of a new complaint about her association with a convicted fraudster.

The complaint, submitted last week, is due to be investigated by the Council in the run up to the local elections.

Labour group leader Cllr Ann John has since called on the Tories to rule Bertha out as a candidate.

Responding to Cllr Detre's comments today she said:

"The Tories promoted Bertha Joseph to be Deputy Chair of the Fire Authority after the Standards Committee had found her guilty of bringing the council into disrepute. She has since brought their party into further disrepute and they have been forced to ditch her only after months of bad publicity. Bertha Joseph is the kind of politician who gives all politicians a bad name, so good riddance."

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why are Bertha and the Conservatives so quick to blame the Labour Party?
It was Rocky Fernandez who made the original complaint and he had no connections with the Labour Party!
Lorraine Moss and Richard Byrne who made the latest complaint are members of the public. Cllr Joseph is totally responsible for her own downfull!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Why are Bertha Joseph and the Conservatives so quick to blame the Labour party?
Rocky Fernandez made the original complaint and he had no connections with the Labour Party! Richard Byrne and Lorraine Moss who made the most recent complaint are members of
the public!
Bertha Joseph is totally responsible for her current predicament!!!

AdamB said...

Good point. Fernandez was an ex Lib Dem candidate. They deselected him I believe.

CHPaul said...

If this is all a Labour plot and she's such a great asset to the Conservative party then why are they ditching her?