War of words after Councillor Daniel Seal disqualified from board of governors at Garden Suburb Junior School

War of words after councillor disqualified from board of governors

Councillor Daniel Seal was disqualified from representing the local authority on the board of governors at Garden Suburb Infant and Junior School

Former Barnet Mayor Brian Coleman called Councillor Seal's self-disqualification a 'disgrace'

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A Conservative councillor who was removed from a school’s board of governors for non-attendance insists he thought he had resigned from the post.

Councillor Daniel Seal was disqualified from representing the local authority on the board of governors of Garden Suburb Infant and Junior School after failing to attend a meeting in more than six months.

The Tory representative was this week publicly criticised by expelled Conservative Brian Coleman in an online blog, in which he accused the young politician of “erratic” attendance at council meetings.

But Councillor Seal claims he thought he had resigned from the school’s board of governors in the summer, and hit back at Councillor Coleman with his own scathing criticisms.

The Garden Suburb councillor’s self-disqualification was noted at last week’s full council meeting, but he told the Times Series he was surprised and disappointed to see it in the minutes.

He said: “I was surprised to see it because it was my understanding I had resigned. I spoke to a clerk to tell them I couldn’t carry out my duties last summer – there must have been an administrative error.

“My error was perhaps to not follow the procedures properly. I’m not the sort of person to be part of something and not turn up.”

The 31-year-old, who runs his own publishing and events company, said he tried to resign after realising he was unable to give enough time to the role outside his full-time job.

He added: “It is a great school but when doing something, I would rather do it properly. I didn’t think I was bringing value to the school because I couldn’t devote enough time to it.

“I accept I should have followed the proper process to remove myself but I was disappointed to see it in the minutes.”

Councillor Seal’s disqualification became the subject of an online post entitled ‘Seal Hunting Anyone?’ that appeared on the blog of former GLA member and disgraced local councillor Brian Coleman, who was removed from the council’s cabinet last year and was later convicted of assault.

In the post, the independent councillor admitted he is “no friend” of Councillor Seal’s, and goes on to lambast his work rate and attendance since being elected to the local authority.

Speaking to the Times Series, Councillor Coleman said: “He’s getting £10,000 a year and not doing a single piece of work. He’s tweeting from airport lounges all around the world and barely turning up to meetings – it is a disgrace.”

The reaction has sparked a war of words between the politicians and Councillor Seal responded to his former party colleague's comments this week.

Referring to Councillor Coleman, he said: “He is a sad, pathetic individual whose political career has self-destructed. He’s jealous of any young bright talent and is frustrated that he is someone who has come to nothing – his own party don’t want him and to take cheap shots at young politicians is ungentlemanly.

“He’s jealous and pathetic. Maybe he just wants a bunker politician like himself who has nothing else outside of politics.

“He was proud of being the highest paid councillor with public money, whereas I run my own business and claim virtually nothing back from the public purse.

“He has never had the hardship of balancing work and politics. I’m willing to stand by everything I do. He’s someone who is sadly of no importance. He’s a bitter and lonely individual who’s got nothing else in his life – he’s someone people should feel sorry for.”

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10:43am Tue 28 Jan 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

My partner, a former teacher, was for many years a school governor and also chaired a board of governors for several years. In her experience, most of the councillors she encountered were a waste of space. They wanted to be listed as governors to improve their re-election prospects but they were not prepared to devote any time to actually making a positive contribution to the school's development.
My partner, a former teacher, was for many years a school governor and also chaired a board of governors for several years. In her experience, most of the councillors she encountered were a waste of space. They wanted to be listed as governors to improve their re-election prospects but they were not prepared to devote any time to actually making a positive contribution to the school's development. Edgar de Jarnac
  • Score: 5

4:16pm Tue 28 Jan 14

sally maylin says...

mr seal can i ask you was you still getting paid every month when you thought you had stepped down from your post
mr seal can i ask you was you still getting paid every month when you thought you had stepped down from your post sally maylin
  • Score: 3

4:24pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Jon10 says...

It cannot be denied that Councillor Seal has a habit of tweeting from all over the world, and hardly ever from Barnet.
It cannot be denied that Councillor Seal has a habit of tweeting from all over the world, and hardly ever from Barnet. Jon10
  • Score: 3

7:06pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog says...

I wonder if Cllr Seal has formed this crushing opinion of his former colleague recently, or if it was something that troubled him during the many years he and all his Tory colleagues supported Coleman and refused to condem him even after he was convicted of the assault of a female resident?
I wonder if Cllr Seal has formed this crushing opinion of his former colleague recently, or if it was something that troubled him during the many years he and all his Tory colleagues supported Coleman and refused to condem him even after he was convicted of the assault of a female resident? Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog
  • Score: 3

5:57pm Wed 29 Jan 14

gingis says...

Back in the days when Councillors were Councillors out of civic duty and did not receive large salaries these youngsters would be no where to be seen.
Actually, thinking about it you would not see many of the others either.
Back in the days when Councillors were Councillors out of civic duty and did not receive large salaries these youngsters would be no where to be seen. Actually, thinking about it you would not see many of the others either. gingis
  • Score: 3

7:46pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Mr E Dance says...

Nice one Brian. I also read you've got the knives out for Cllr Cohen, as well.
The **** is Back!!!
"Taxi for Cllr Coleman........"
Nice one Brian. I also read you've got the knives out for Cllr Cohen, as well. The **** is Back!!! "Taxi for Cllr Coleman........" Mr E Dance
  • Score: 2

7:51pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Mr E Dance says...

...my post censored by the Times!!! The **** (rhymes with 'witch') is Back!!! ...Top 10 hit for Elton John (lyric by Bernie Taupin) 1974. Poptastic!
...my post censored by the Times!!! The **** (rhymes with 'witch') is Back!!! ...Top 10 hit for Elton John (lyric by Bernie Taupin) 1974. Poptastic! Mr E Dance
  • Score: 1

11:03pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Olddread says...

"I accept I should have followed the proper process ..........."
How many other Barnet councillors are not following the proper process ??
"I accept I should have followed the proper process ..........." How many other Barnet councillors are not following the proper process ?? Olddread
  • Score: 0

3:13pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Not that Dave, another one. says...

Well it seems that Coleman has decided to pick through the detail of all the other Conservative Councillors' attendance records and make as much noise as possible about any perceived aberrations. I assume this is in response to the measures taken against him for his own misdemeanours.
I'm glad he's finally doing something constructive for the community at last. Can I suggest he broadens his remit to include councillors from other parties too? Oh and any council executives or consultants being paid as contractors not employees, and any untoward use of expenses such as huge taxi bills?
Well it seems that Coleman has decided to pick through the detail of all the other Conservative Councillors' attendance records and make as much noise as possible about any perceived aberrations. I assume this is in response to the measures taken against him for his own misdemeanours. I'm glad he's finally doing something constructive for the community at last. Can I suggest he broadens his remit to include councillors from other parties too? Oh and any council executives or consultants being paid as contractors not employees, and any untoward use of expenses such as huge taxi bills? Not that Dave, another one.
  • Score: 1

11:40pm Wed 5 Feb 14

harvey_uk says...

Waste of space! Colemans actually doing some good now highlighting these losers who are supposed to be the peoples champions.
Waste of space! Colemans actually doing some good now highlighting these losers who are supposed to be the peoples champions. harvey_uk
  • Score: 0

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