Brian Coleman and large sums of money – again

The Evening Standard reports:

‘Marmite mayor’ with four different jobs earns £104,000 plus expenses
A leading London Tory at the centre of an expenses row is on a six-figure pay package funded by the taxpayer.

Brian Coleman will become Mayor of Barnet in May after he was nominated by fellow councillors – taking his annual pay for a variety of public roles to £104,503.50.

He is also a London Assembly member and chairman of the capital’s fire authority. As a council mayor, he will be able to claim thousands of pounds extra in expenses.

It comes after Mr Coleman was criticised for claiming £2,275 travel expenses for eight months in his role as chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

He also ran up a taxi bill of £8,231 in his position as Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, including a £656 bill on one day.

You can read the full story here.

£104,000 is, of course, a six-figure sum; in other words, just the sort of sum that Eric Pickles has previously criticised in local government. I wonder if he’ll be slamming Brian Coleman for being over-paid, or is it another case of one rule for Conservative Party members (lots of money is good!) and one rule for everyone else (lots of money is bad!)?

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  • Will he be taking a leave of absence from the GLA or sitting as an Independent for the year? If not it rather makes a mockery of the Barney mayoralty if the “apolitical” mayor is being ragingly political with his other hat on.

  • for Barney read Barnet throughout!

  • phil davison 31st Mar '09 - 10:56pm

    You are missing a trick with Coleman. Ask him about his involvement in the Christ Church School debacle; 1999 -2000. He destroyed a school with great service and a committed staff. I mean it. I’d run another round or two with him. It will bring the evil piece of work down. My telephone number is 07903 875640. I cannot believe he is so close to the heart of our city’s government. He’s a bad man with a bad attitude.

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