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

Councillor Pauline Gibson rebuked by Haringey Borough Council's Standards Committee for making false racism accusations

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A Labour councillor has been rebuked for wrongfully accusing three people of racism.

Councillor Pauline Gibson was censured for her behaviour by Haringey Borough Council’s standards committee on January 22.

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

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.

As well as being rebuked for her conduct, the committee also referred the matter to the Labour Group chief whip with a recommendation that he review Cllr Gibson’s council appointments.

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

Cllr Richard Wilson, leader of the opposition, said: “It is a great shame that a Labour councillor has failed to meet the standards expected of elected politicians in this borough.

“The committee that checks councillors are behaving appropriately found that Cllr Gibson brought her office into disrepute by widely spreading unfounded accusations of racism.

“Residents rightly expect their local councillors to treat people with respect and to behave properly. It is very disappointing that didn’t happen in this case.”

Haringey Labour Group said it could not comment at this time as its chief whip Cllr Pat Egan has not yet had a meeting with the council’s monitoring officer to discuss this issue.

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9:17pm Wed 5 Feb 14

GenghisKhan says...

Get rid of her.
Get rid of her. GenghisKhan
  • Score: 6

10:17am Thu 6 Feb 14

Terry365 says...

Has she issued a formal apology to each of her victims yet? This should be the minimum the Council demands of her. It doesn't appear to have happened.

If Haringey Labour Group fails to withdraw the party whip from this woman, it will be complicit in her actions. Why on earth has Pat Egan not yet met the council monitoring officer on such a blatant breach of trust? Is Labour going to soft pedal this matter? Does political conformism (PC) rule in Haringey? We're waiting, Mr Egan...
Has she issued a formal apology to each of her victims yet? This should be the minimum the Council demands of her. It doesn't appear to have happened. If Haringey Labour Group fails to withdraw the party whip from this woman, it will be complicit in her actions. Why on earth has Pat Egan not yet met the council monitoring officer on such a blatant breach of trust? Is Labour going to soft pedal this matter? Does political conformism (PC) rule in Haringey? We're waiting, Mr Egan... Terry365
  • Score: 6

10:38am Thu 6 Feb 14

bz says...

if you have met this woman you will know she is not the full ticket!
if you have met this woman you will know she is not the full ticket! bz
  • Score: 5

10:52am Thu 6 Feb 14

bz says...

she's less believable than the wig!
she's less believable than the wig! bz
  • Score: 5

2:39pm Thu 6 Feb 14

ZenithB says...

She makes it so much more difficult to believe even those who are being truthful. To that extent she's done them a great disservice. Do you realize that, dearie?l.
She makes it so much more difficult to believe even those who are being truthful. To that extent she's done them a great disservice. Do you realize that, dearie?l. ZenithB
  • Score: 2

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