Such hospitality – it’s astounding!
Not only did Asset Co treat Brian Coleman (London Assembly Member and Chair of the London Fire Authority) to three dinners and a Harvey Nicks hamper before the LFA awarded it a £12 million contract – but also Mayor Boris Johnson continues to give him house room at City Hall.
After his huge taxi bills and refusal to publish his expenses at the same time as the other Assembly Members, Coleman has outstayed London’s welcome – but when will Boris do something about it?
Adam Bienkov at Tory Troll has the story:
The London Fire Authority have awarded a £12 million contract to a company that lavished hospitality on its Chairman Brian Coleman.
Asset Co and its chief Executive Mr. John Shannon took Brian Coleman to dinner on three separate occasions.
On a fourth occasion, Brian Coleman accepted a Harvey and Nichols hamper from Mr Shannon at an estimated value of £350.
The relationship between Coleman and Mr Shannon only came to light because of a Freedom of Information request placed by this blog earlier this year.
Unlike the London Assembly, the Gifts and Hospitality registers for members of LFEPA are not available online.
The Asset Co contract is for a force of reserve firefighters, to be used in the case of industrial action and major incidents.
Members of the authority say that the contract was awarded on a purely competitive basis, and that Asset Co were agreed upon on a cross-party basis.
However, London’s Fire Brigade union are not convinced.
A LFBU spokesperson said yesterday:
“AssetCo’s wining and dining tactics might appear to have paid dividends for them, but I have no doubt that many of the volunteers, being ex-firefighters themselves, will re- fuse to participate when they realise how they will be used.”