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Brian Coleman still welcome at Tory dinners

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 March 2013

Brian Coleman pictured with Rossette Irwin 95yrs who has been a member of Hampstead Tory Party for 60 years

Brian Coleman pictured with Rossette Irwin 95yrs who has been a member of Hampstead Tory Party for 60 years

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

Former Tory firebrand Cllr Brian Coleman seemed remarkably chilled as he attended a Conservative fundraiser despite criminal proceedings hanging over his head.

The 51-year-old, who hit the headlines last month after his claim that he had bedded a former Arsenal striker, is facing one charge of assault by beating after allegedly attacking a café owner in Barnet last year.

But the former London Assembly member for Camden and Barnet seemed without a care in the world as he sipped champagne with party members at a fundraiser for the Hampstead and Kilburn branch last week.

Although he has been suspended from the national Conservative Party, he was invited to the event at the Freemasons Arms, Downshire Hill, as a “friend” rather than in a political capacity.

Mr Coleman has allowed his membership of the local party to lapse as he has no intention of trying to win back his assembly seat, according to a party insider.

“He is still welcome at Camden Conservative events,” said a source.

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