Should controversial Barnet and Camden politician Brian Coleman resign as a councillor?

Cllr Brian Coleman and his lawyer arrive at Uxbridge Magistrates Court. Picture: Polly Hancock

Cllr Brian Coleman and his lawyer arrive at Uxbridge Magistrates Court. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Polly Hancock

He has been convicted of assault – with CCTV images of his attack on a mum-of-two spreading across the web – but controversial politician Brian Coleman remains a councillor in Barnet.

Helen Michael arrives at Uxbridge Magistrates Court. Picture: Polly Hancock

Helen Michael arrives at Uxbridge Magistrates Court. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Polly Hancock

Now his victim Helen Michael is leading calls for him to step down and leave politics once and for all.

She is backed by a group of five influential Barnet bloggers who insist Cllr Coleman – who also represented Barnet and Camden on the London Assembly for 12 years before losing his seat at election last May – is “unfit for public office”.

However, it takes a prison sentence of three months or more for someone to be disqualified as a councillor – and Cllr Coleman received only a fine.

So do you agree that Cllr Coleman should resign? Or do you think he is entitled to stick around at least until the next Barnet Council election in 2014?