Barnet councillor Brian Coleman kicked off council committees over assault charge

Former Barnet mayor Brian Coleman was last night removed from the council’s Conservative group and ousted from three committees after appearing in court charged with assaulting a woman.

The decision, made at a meeting of Barnet’s full council, means that the 51-year-old will now lose the �15,333 allowance afforded to the chairman of the council’s budget and performance overview and scrutiny committee.

Chairmanship of the committee has now been handed to Tory councillor Anthony Finn – bringing an end to Cllr Coleman’s six-month stay in the role.

But Cllr Coleman will still be able to claim a basic members’ allowance of �10,597 as an independent councillor representing Totteridge ward.

Barnet Council leader Richard Cornelius will take Cllr Coleman’s place on a further two committees, while Cllr Dan Thomas will replace him as Barnet’s representative at the North London Waste Authority.

The reshuffle follows Cllr Coleman’s appearance at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday, where he denied charges of assault by beating and driving without due care and attention following an incident involving caf� owner Helen Michael in High Road, Finchley, on September 20.

Last night, Cllr Coleman took his place among the Conservative group inside Hendon Town Hall for the meeting of the full council, posing a total of six questions to the cabinet during the meeting’s question time.

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Dressed in a pin-striped suit and sporting a red tie, Cllr Coleman was animated throughout the early part of the meeting but was seen leaving the town hall during the interval.

The councillor, who lost his seat in May’s London Assembly elections after 12 years at City Hall, did not return to the meeting following the interval.

Shortly before the close of the meeting, a notice was handed to members informing them that Cllr Coleman “has, until further notice, ceased to be a member of the Conservative group on the council”.

Cllr Coleman was unavailable for comment.