Brian Coleman was sacked as Chair of a National fire council because of "multiple concerns" about his behaviour towards others.
The sacking, which I first reported on Tuesday has now been picked up by the Local Government Chronicle:
"London Assembly Member and Barnet LBC councillor Brian Coleman (Con) has been sacked as chair of the National Joint Council for Local Authority Fire and Rescue Services.The decision to remove him from post was made by the Local Government Association’s political group leaders, and conveyed in an e-mail from chief executive John Ransford.It follows complaints about Cllr Coleman’s behaviour at a meeting of the National Joint Council (NJC) in December last year.Cllr Coleman said he accepted he had been “extremely rude” at the meeting, but insisted he had been enraged by what he described as fellow councillors’ stretching of business. “"The cause of this sacking was pressure from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish members of the NJC, or as a senior officer from the LGA described them to me, ‘the Celts’,” he said
Now I've also spoken to people involved in this and they've told me that "the cause" was Brian's consistently belligerent attitude and abusive behaviour towards other politicians and members of staff.
Behaviour that he has repeated at Boris Johnson's Fire authority.
This was confirmed by the LGC:
"A senior LGA source said that complaints about Cllr Coleman had not been limited to the NJC’s non-English contingent and that efforts to resolve the dispute had failed.“There are multiple concerns about Brian Coleman’s behaviour in a range of different circumstances,” they said.“This case isn’t an isolated incident, it is repeated bad behaviour.”
Unfortunately, it's bad behaviour that Boris Johnson appears willing to tolerate. Why is that?