September 24, 2009

Murder claim BNP politician suspended

A BNP politician has been suspended by one authority and censured by another after a probe found he made up details about murders in east London.

London Assembly member Richard Barnbrook [pictured left] said in a video three people had been murdered in three weeks. But figures revealed there were no serious attacks weeks before the video.

The council where he sits, Barking and Dagenham, has suspended him for October and the Assembly has censured him and told him to receive ethics training. The Greater London Authority said he should be censured for his behaviour, make a written apology which should appear on the Assembly's website and his personal blog and take the training in ethics and standards in public office.

Barking and Dagenham Council decided he must repeat the apology on his blog or risk the suspension being extended and can conduct no formal business at the authority during October or use its facilities.

In the video he said: "In Barking and Dagenham alone three weeks ago, there was a murder of a young girl. We don't know who's done it, her girlfriend was attacked inside an educational institute. Again, two weeks ago there was another attack by knives on the streets of Barking and Dagenham where two people were murdered."

The video of Mr Barnbrook was also posted on the video-sharing website YouTube.

In his defence, Mr Barnbrook said that in the first claim the person was killed outside the area in Newham and details had "come out wrong". He also said he spoke "too soon" about the other two "murders", as the victims were on life support at the time.



Anonymous said...

oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.


Anonymous said...

Shame they can't claim homophobia, though I wouldn't put it past them.

Martin said...

I thought he was getting 6 suspention?

DL said...

"I thought he was getting 6 suspention?"

No, that's what everyone thought he deserved. Still, if he appeals, it could change to 6 months yet. :)

Anonymous said...

O/T but what the hell is that rag the Star doing boosting the EDL?

Zizz said...

Good report on the Londonist site

"Richard Barnbrook, BNP council member for Barking and Dagenham and London Assembly member, has been suspended from the former for a month and censured by the latter for telling lies about 'murders' in his borough. His excuse? Dyslexia.

Now, we don't dispute that dyslexia can create the kind of verbal difficulty that Barnbrook says caused his words to "come out wrong", but we find it hard to believe the condition prevents a politician - supported by their staff - from double-checking whether claims made in a video match the research done in preparation for making that video. Particularly if the speaker realised he had been distracted by Southwark Cathedral's bells during the recording. Or perhaps we should simply look back at Barnbrook's previous statement that he knew at the time he was telling massive whoppers and draw our own conclusions.

The GLA said he should apologise and post it on the GLA website and his personal blog, as well as go for ethics training. Barking and Dagenham have suspended him for October, with the threat of an extension if he doesn't post the apology on his own site."

tellyaddict said...

The news article says BBC so why wasn't it on the telly?

eric the fish said...

A bit disappointing that when the verdict was about to be announced, the Chair did not wear a black cap!

We need a transcrip (if not a translation) of Barny's ramblings.

Who was the woman-who-is-not-Lee-Barnes-and-has-a-bladder-problem?

Anonymous said...

from bnp website.
The ruling against British National Party Greater London Assembly member Richard Barnbrook has been blasted by the party’s press officer as “utterly vile hypocrisy.”

Speaking after the GLA hearing against Mr Barnbrook was finalised this afternoon with an order to apologise and attend a training and ethics seminar, BNP press officer Simon Darby said the “whole thing reeked of the worst sort of set-up.”

The charge against Mr Barnbrook was that he had brought the GLA and Barking and Dagenham Council into disrepute by “knowingly making false claims” about knife crime in the area.

“The reality is that Mr Barnbrook did not exaggerate about knife crime in his video report,” Mr Darby said.

“In the disputed video blog, Mr Barnbrook said that two people had been stabbed and had died in Barking and Dagenham. In fact, the two people were still on life support systems when Mr Barnbrook made the video.

“It was thus a minor error, caused by Mr Barnbrook’s dyslexia, and certainly not malicious at all,” Mr Darby said.

“The third victim to which Mr Barnbrook referred was stabbed in nearby Newham, but was from Dagenham, so even that incident most certainly happened. The only minor error was that the stabbing itself did not take place in the borough. The victim, however, was from Barking and Dagenham.”
Mr Darby asked how “these extremely minor points compared with serial lies told almost continually by all the other parties in Westminster.

“Mr Barnbrook did not lie; he merely confused a few minor points. Compare that to the outrageous whoppers we have heard recently about Tongan maids at the Attorney General’s office. In that case we are asked to believe that the person occupying the very highest legal office did not know that her domestic servant was illegally employed,” Mr Darby said.

Him and griffin have also stolen alot of money from all groups and branches of the BNP.In the last few weeks they have taken hugh amounts of money from the branches and groups without asking organisers permission. This is ilegal and branches are opening their own bank accounts to stop these two robbing SWINES££££££££££££££

Anonymous said...

Needless to say Barnes has his own barking take on this absurd. Obviously Bumbrook was 'convicted' by the biased corrupt GLA & Barking Council on a technicality & was vindicated on the substantive allegation of lying. Apparently Bumbrook is going to take legal action against the following (in no particular order):-

1) the GLA
2) Barking & Redbridge Council
3) various individuals in the GLA & Barking & Redbridge Council
4) various newspapers
5) channel 4 news

Yeah right Lee - who the fuck's going to pay for that? The bnp? Barnbrook? (unlikely - he's pissed all his money up a wall & the royalties for his gay movie aren't exactly lucrative) Bollocks - just more barnes / bnp shite!


Landale said...

I think it must be a Freudian slip....

You ascribe the source to BNP I think you meant BBC....

I'm one for conspiracy theory but however....... :-)

Anonymous said...

A man goes to the doctors over his sleeping disorder but says to the doctor "i am not allowed to take pills or potions"

" no problem " says the doctor "if you are on the internet just read simon darbys blog that will get the zzzzzz disorder back into line"

the man hasn't woke up for 24 hours.

Jamie The Antifascist said...

"I'm must be a moron"


Still keeps ringing in my head, even now

Anonymous said...

ethics training