Haringey’s Labour Party to take no further action taken against Councillor Pauline Gibson for false racism claims

This Is Local London: Councillor Pauline Gibson rebuked by Haringey Borough Council's Standards Committee for making false racism accusations Councillor Pauline Gibson rebuked by Haringey Borough Council's Standards Committee for making false racism accusations

Haringey’s Labour Party has said it will take no further action against a politician who was rebuked for making false allegations of racism.

Councillor Pat Egan, the group’s chief whip, said Cllr Pauline Gibson has learned her lesson after she was censured Haringey Borough Council’s standards committee on January 22.

The Noel Park ward councillor was found to have subjected three people to “unfair, unreasonable and demeaning” treatment by making accusations of racism and discrimination against them in emails.

Cllr Egan said: “I have spoken to the monitoring officer and Cllr Gibson and taken the decision that no further action is necessary.

“I am confident that Cllr Gibson will be more circumspect in future. I believe this has been a lesson for her.

“Cllr Gibson has resigned from her position on the standards committee but has retained her other outside appointments. Her membership of the Labour Group has not been affected.”

Committee members concluded that neither the content of her accusation nor the choice of audience for them could be reasonably justified.

They determined claims about the conduct of the three people could not be sustained, despite Cllr Gibson's belief to the contrary.

The committee also said Cllr Gibson was reckless about the accuracy of some of the allegations that she made about the complainants.

The Liberal Democrat opposition has called on Cllr Gibson to apologise.

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12:56pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Terry365 says...

Weasel words from Pat Egan! Talk about double standards and rank hypocrisy! Haringey's Labour Group has revealed itself for what it is - rotten to the core.

First there has been the softly softly handling of Nilgun Canver. Now this disgraceful woman has been allowed to retain the Labour whip by Egan. No wonder people are alienated from politics and politicians like Egan and his gang. They stink to high heaven.

What would someone have to do in order to have the Labour whip withdrawn in Haringey? The mind boggles.

Labour's Haringey is truly a ''rotten borough''.
Weasel words from Pat Egan! Talk about double standards and rank hypocrisy! Haringey's Labour Group has revealed itself for what it is - rotten to the core. First there has been the softly softly handling of Nilgun Canver. Now this disgraceful woman has been allowed to retain the Labour whip by Egan. No wonder people are alienated from politics and politicians like Egan and his gang. They stink to high heaven. What would someone have to do in order to have the Labour whip withdrawn in Haringey? The mind boggles. Labour's Haringey is truly a ''rotten borough''. Terry365
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10:23am Tue 11 Feb 14

the .wall says...

i wonder what would have happened if it was a middle aged white man who was the culprit? just wondering
i wonder what would have happened if it was a middle aged white man who was the culprit? just wondering the .wall
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1:06pm Tue 11 Feb 14

GenghisKhan says...

She and that Canver 'woman' are an absolute disgrace, the pair of them.
She and that Canver 'woman' are an absolute disgrace, the pair of them. GenghisKhan
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11:56am Thu 13 Feb 14

ZenithB says...

Most of the racism today is practised so subtly that it might not be a bad thing for this council to teach its people how to recognize it as such and gather the evidence for it. There would then be fewer cases of mistaken identity!!!
Most of the racism today is practised so subtly that it might not be a bad thing for this council to teach its people how to recognize it as such and gather the evidence for it. There would then be fewer cases of mistaken identity!!! ZenithB
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