Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Brian Coleman forced out of National fire job

Boris Johnson's fire chief Brian Coleman has lost his position as Chairman of a National fire board after increasing concerns about his behaviour.

The LGA confirmed to me this morning that Brian is no longer Chairman of the National Organisation of Employers of Local Authority Fire & Rescue Services.

A spokesman said that Brian had lost his position but would not confirm the exact date or circumstances of his departure.

Brian himself has also failed to respond to my questions about this.

However sources within the National Joint Council tell me that Brian's chairmanship was recently the subject of a vote of no confidence.

They say that there have been "major grumblings" about his behaviour at meetings, and that complaints have been made by members.

A snapshot of this can be seen from this account of last week's LGA fire conference. According to one person who was present:

"Coleman is Conservative national lead on fire issues at the LGA, and since the Tories control the LGA, was in overall command of the conference. He was bullish and unpleasant (as I understand he often is) in introducing Roger Hargreaves, who is CLG's director of FiReControl, and then, from the chair of the conference, continued to snipe during his speech."

Brian's "challenging" behaviour has been the subject of complaints before.

Last year I obtained leaked minutes describing a complaint about Brian's "aggressive and rude" comments to a member of the LFEPA catering staff.

Worries about this had already been picked up by an earlier Audit Commission report.

He was also censured last year for his "unlawful" and undemocratic chairmanship of an LFEPA meeting.

Yet this is the first time that Brian has actually lost one of his many "catered" positions.

Perhaps the Toad is finally beginning to turn.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

This doesn't affect his LFEPA chairmanship does it?

AdamB said...

No he's appointed to that by Boris Johnson who for some reason appears to have a limitless tolerance for him.

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Excellent news!

Chris said...

I think he may have drifted off again in that picture!

G SMITH said...

Excellent news.

Its a start, he's just lost the mayor of Barnet position too.

The guys a bully.

He's like a Tory from the 1970's.

AdamB said...

Two down, umpteen more to go...

Anonymous said...

I think that it is about time The Right Honourable Mayor for London Boris Johnson threw in the towel and handed in his resignation because this Mayoralty is a complete and utter disgrace to politics and to Londoner's that have witnessed complete incompetence over and over again.

Anthony said...

I think that it is about time The Right Honourable Mayor for London Boris Johnson threw in the towel and handed in his resignation because this Mayoralty is a complete and utter disgrace to politics and to Londoner's that have witnessed complete incompetence over and over again.

AdamB said...

Is there an echo in here?

Anonymous said...

Not an echo, just a glich with my computer!,mind you,you could say that again.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps there is some justice. London wake up.