Labour Party to review suspension of Cllr Nilgun Canver following conviction for lying to police

Haringey Independent: Councillor Nilgun Canver leaving Wood Green Crown Court after she was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice Councillor Nilgun Canver leaving Wood Green Crown Court after she was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice

Haringey’s Labour group will review the suspension of a senior councillor after she was convicted of lying to police.

Cllr Pat Egan, the party’s chief whip, made the statement after Cllr Nilgun Canver was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

She falsely claimed she had been driving the family's BMW after her son Burak crashed into a lamppost in Seven Sisters Road, on January 24, 2013, while uninsured.

Haringey Borough Council’s former cabinet member for the environment was given a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £500 costs and a £15 surcharge.

Cllr Egan said: “Following the completion of the court proceedings, Cllr Canver's administrative suspension from the Labour Party is now under review.

“This is a matter for the Labour Party nationally to consider."

Cllr Canver told the jury she told a “momentary” lie which last for about 30 seconds to a minute but otherwise co-operated fully with officers.

But after 11 hours and 30 minutes of deliberations, jurors rejected Cllr Canver’s version of events and returned a guilty verdict by a majority of 10 to two.

Cllr Richard Wilson, leader of the Haringey Liberal Democrat, said: "It is very sad that Cllr Canver's lying to the police has led to this court case and to her being sentenced.

“It is a reminder, however that no one is above the law and that lying to the police in particular, is a very serious matter.

"As a senior member of Haringey Council's cabinet Cllr Canver was in a position of trust and responsibility, and I think residents will be shocked by what has happened."

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2:24pm Fri 31 Jan 14

ZenithB says...

If anyone has seen a good reasoned study of this new phenomenon of a "momentary" lie in the legal or psychological literature, I should like to see it.. I failed to see anything quite of this nature in Dorothy Rowe's comprehensive WHY WE LIE.. It rather seems to arise out of a childish denial of reality even after it has been established by due process, or a feeling that we are above it. it's probably the latter that would operate in the Party's review of the suspension.
If anyone has seen a good reasoned study of this new phenomenon of a "momentary" lie in the legal or psychological literature, I should like to see it.. I failed to see anything quite of this nature in Dorothy Rowe's comprehensive WHY WE LIE.. It rather seems to arise out of a childish denial of reality even after it has been established by due process, or a feeling that we are above it. it's probably the latter that would operate in the Party's review of the suspension. ZenithB

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