Council leader Jason Stacey has today roundly swatted Labour Hobbayne councillor Phil Greenhead for issuing a press release that has been exposed as a load of twaddle. The press release issued on the 23rd April by the Labour Group on behalf of Cllr Greenhead stated that:
The Conservative Leader of Ealing Council, Jason Stacey, has been referred to Ealing Council’s Standards Committee.
Apparently, no such referral has taken place and no formal complaint has been made to the Council’s Monitoring Officer. The Labour press release also claims that the matter would now be considered by the Council’s Standards Committee. In reality no formal referral or complaint has been made. In response Stacey said:
Why would Cllr Greenhead issue a statement on the 23rd April saying I have been referred to the Council’s Standards Committee when this is not true? When challenged on this the following day by a journalist she attempted to change the thrust of her story by claiming that she was actually seeking advice. This is very different and certainly not what she said the day before.
In the past couple of days Cllr Greenhead has thrown a lot of loose words around without any attempt to back them up. She has accused me of lying but is unable to say how. Cllr Greenhead should be careful before she throws around false and defamatory accusations.
The Gazette today talked about 30 Hanwell lamppost protestors outside the council meeting on Tuesday but their photo only showed 22 people. Experience shows that photographers of such groups do their best to get everyone in so it is usually useful to judge such “crowds” by the number you can count in the photo. These guys say they are apolitical and I have no reason to doubt them but they have been wound up by someone and Labour activist Lauren Wall appears in their group photos and Cllr Greenhead is visibly making mischief. The way this issue might have been amicably settled some time ago would have been for Cllr Greenhead to make representations to Cllr Stacey not try to make a point after this issue had been discussed at length. It sounds like Greenhead was asleep and is trying to make it look like she can “add some value” at this late stage. Stirring it more like.