LISTEN: Greenwich Council leader Chris Roberts swears at and threatens colleague in sensational foul-mouthed voicemail

News Shopper: Councillor Chris Roberts Councillor Chris Roberts

AN ANGRY voicemail of Greenwich Council's leader telling a senior cabinet member to "get that through your f***ing thick skull" has sparked accusations of bullying.

Councillor Chris Roberts left the foul-mouthed message on the phone of Councillor John Fahy last month over whether a decision on the Run to the Beat race should be taken before or after the next administration in 2014.

In an astonishing rant, obtained by News Shopper, the leader threatens to remove Cllr Fahy's cabinet portfolio and warns him no decisions will be deferred.

Cllr Roberts says: "Let me be clear to you, if you do not want to take decisions in the remainder of this administration, I expect you to resign from the cabinet.

"No decisions are going to be postponed in this administration. Absolutely none.

"If you want to paralyse this administration and be part of it, it won't happen, so I expect you to either resign from the cabinet or to get on and do the job.

"I've got to carry on doing my job and therefore no decisions will be postponed.

"Absolutely none will be postponed. Get that through your thick skull, John. It will not happen.

"And I'm not having you playing these games. I will remove your portfolio, you will have no portfolio, and you can be doing nothing.

"But we are not deferring decisions. Get that through your f***ing thick skull, John."

Warning: This audiofile contains language by the Leader of the Royal Borough which some people may find offensive.

The disclosure of the voicemail is likely to pour further pressure on the embattled leader, after News Shopper called for him to resign this week.

A post about the voicemail's existence on the 853 blog has led one Lewisham constituent to contact their MP Heidi Alexander with allegations of bullying against Cllr Roberts. That has now been passed to the London Labour Party.

Ms Alexander said: "I was asked by one of my constituents to pass on concerns about alleged bullying to an appropriate official within the Labour Party, which I did.

"I have had no contact with any individuals directly involved in this matter but have been told, that should evidence of bullying exist, the party will take action."

Cllr Roberts told News Shopper: "The matter is subject to the internal processes of the Labour Group. On that basis I have been strongly advised that it would be inappropriate for me to comment."

Cllr Fahy was also unavailable for comment.

The leader, who is due to stand down at the next election, has been accused by an ex-staff member at Greenwich Time of having Cllr Fahy banned from the local authority newspaper last year, after the cabinet member stood against him for the leadership.

And Councillor Alex Grant, who is also standing down, claimed in an email earlier this year that there was a "culture of bullying" and "sinister threats" in the Labour Group, saying it was harming his health.

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5:50pm Thu 3 Oct 13

HearTheFacts says...

Well It's time for the good people if Greenwich to remove CLLR Roberts. Why wait, give him notice to go!.

At at the same time remove Mary Ney, she is a joke!. Yes I have spoken to her, and she failed to answers questions.

Roberts and Ney, time to go. Do the right thing, and leave the people of Greenwich in peace. I am sure there must be a planet for you both, to control!.
Well It's time for the good people if Greenwich to remove CLLR Roberts. Why wait, give him notice to go!. At at the same time remove Mary Ney, she is a joke!. Yes I have spoken to her, and she failed to answers questions. Roberts and Ney, time to go. Do the right thing, and leave the people of Greenwich in peace. I am sure there must be a planet for you both, to control!. HearTheFacts

5:59pm Thu 3 Oct 13

JoeBlobbs says...

Come in councillor Roberts, your time is up.

Am beginning to think the person who has a f**king thick skull is YOU.

Is it a wonder Labour left this country in such a mess if you are representative of the calibre of politicians tasked with running this country between 1997 and 2010.

I am very keen to have an open debate with you in a public forum to give you the chance to bully me as you seem to do with others. You do not scare me at all Mr Roberts, in fact I think you are nothing but a coward and actually not that bright. Especially considering the evidence that is mounting against you.....great voice message you complete moron, did you not for once think it would be played against you at some stage.
Come in councillor Roberts, your time is up. Am beginning to think the person who has a f**king thick skull is YOU. Is it a wonder Labour left this country in such a mess if you are representative of the calibre of politicians tasked with running this country between 1997 and 2010. I am very keen to have an open debate with you in a public forum to give you the chance to bully me as you seem to do with others. You do not scare me at all Mr Roberts, in fact I think you are nothing but a coward and actually not that bright. Especially considering the evidence that is mounting against you.....great voice message you complete moron, did you not for once think it would be played against you at some stage. JoeBlobbs

6:18pm Thu 3 Oct 13

12pebbles says...

hahahaha keep the jokes coming in royal borough tut royal words hahahah

i think john fahy is out of order for allowing this info to the press he proberbly provoked Chris Roberts this infomation should not be leaked out no smoke without fire
hahahaha keep the jokes coming in royal borough tut royal words hahahah i think john fahy is out of order for allowing this info to the press he proberbly provoked Chris Roberts this infomation should not be leaked out no smoke without fire 12pebbles

6:32pm Thu 3 Oct 13

JoeBlobbs says...

12pebbles wrote:
hahahaha keep the jokes coming in royal borough tut royal words hahahah

i think john fahy is out of order for allowing this info to the press he proberbly provoked Chris Roberts this infomation should not be leaked out no smoke without fire
Whether leaked in malice or not the fact remains cllr Roberts does not deserve to be in a position of responsibility where the lives of others are affected by his decisions.

The evidence that his decision making process is somewhat flawed is stacking up against him quite rapidly.

Keep it up NS. About time the antics of this buffoon were made public.
[quote][p][bold]12pebbles[/bold] wrote: hahahaha keep the jokes coming in royal borough tut royal words hahahah i think john fahy is out of order for allowing this info to the press he proberbly provoked Chris Roberts this infomation should not be leaked out no smoke without fire[/p][/quote]Whether leaked in malice or not the fact remains cllr Roberts does not deserve to be in a position of responsibility where the lives of others are affected by his decisions. The evidence that his decision making process is somewhat flawed is stacking up against him quite rapidly. Keep it up NS. About time the antics of this buffoon were made public. JoeBlobbs

6:35pm Thu 3 Oct 13

ukiptowin15 says...

Well I have put my name forward for council elections in 2014 for Ukip. We can offer real change better leadership and also help the people outside of woolwich and plumstead too.
Well I have put my name forward for council elections in 2014 for Ukip. We can offer real change better leadership and also help the people outside of woolwich and plumstead too. ukiptowin15

6:36pm Thu 3 Oct 13

cookster says...

Who can tell whether it was leaked?

Pehaps Cllr Fahy's voicemail pin number was never changed from the default.. just saying.
Who can tell whether it was leaked? Pehaps Cllr Fahy's voicemail pin number was never changed from the default.. just saying. cookster

7:28pm Thu 3 Oct 13

Very-Honest says...

12pebbles wrote:
hahahaha keep the jokes coming in royal borough tut royal words hahahah

i think john fahy is out of order for allowing this info to the press he proberbly provoked Chris Roberts this infomation should not be leaked out no smoke without fire
Hello mate,

Chris Roberts is the LEADER of the Royal London Borough of Greenwich. (RLBG)

Mr Roberts is responsible for the staff that provide a service to the residents of RLBG

RLBG 'Bullying Policy', "Equality Objectives 2012 to 2016"
"Tackle all forms of hate crime and harassment and promote safety and security."
"Tackle harassment and bullying in the workplace."

This IMO was a clear cut case of intimidation. I am no fan of Cllr Fahy but as far as councillors go, he is one of the better ones.

If councillor Fahy had not disclosed this alleged episode off intimidation/bullyin
g/harassment, IMO Cllr Fahy would have have been letting down the residents of RLBG as well as the 15,000 staff of RLBG

Look at it like this, if any member of RLBG staff was found guilty of anything remotely close to this kind of behaviour allegedly carried out by Mr Roberts would have been instantaneously dismissed for GROSS MISCOUNTED.

Mr Roberts needs to go now otherwise some staff may come out of the closet and take it upon themselves to behave in this manner and making the lives of other colleagues even more miserable.

If this allegation is proven and Mr Roberts remains, what kind of message is this send to the thousands of RLBG employees?

Yes, i have been bullied and intimated at work and its not nice. I just wish i had the courage to speak up like Mr Fayh
[quote][p][bold]12pebbles[/bold] wrote: hahahaha keep the jokes coming in royal borough tut royal words hahahah i think john fahy is out of order for allowing this info to the press he proberbly provoked Chris Roberts this infomation should not be leaked out no smoke without fire[/p][/quote]Hello mate, Chris Roberts is the LEADER of the Royal London Borough of Greenwich. (RLBG) Mr Roberts is responsible for the staff that provide a service to the residents of RLBG RLBG 'Bullying Policy', "Equality Objectives 2012 to 2016" "Tackle all forms of hate crime and harassment and promote safety and security." "Tackle harassment and bullying in the workplace." This IMO was a clear cut case of intimidation. I am no fan of Cllr Fahy but as far as councillors go, he is one of the better ones. If councillor Fahy had not disclosed this alleged episode off intimidation/bullyin g/harassment, IMO Cllr Fahy would have have been letting down the residents of RLBG as well as the 15,000 staff of RLBG Look at it like this, if any member of RLBG staff was found guilty of anything remotely close to this kind of behaviour allegedly carried out by Mr Roberts would have been instantaneously dismissed for GROSS MISCOUNTED. Mr Roberts needs to go now otherwise some staff may come out of the closet and take it upon themselves to behave in this manner and making the lives of other colleagues even more miserable. If this allegation is proven and Mr Roberts remains, what kind of message is this send to the thousands of RLBG employees? Yes, i have been bullied and intimated at work and its not nice. I just wish i had the courage to speak up like Mr Fayh Very-Honest

7:43pm Thu 3 Oct 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Someone stick a fork in this clown Roberts, he's done.
Someone stick a fork in this clown Roberts, he's done. Gypo.Joe

8:01pm Thu 3 Oct 13

reasonable75 says...

Very-Honest wrote:
12pebbles wrote:
hahahaha keep the jokes coming in royal borough tut royal words hahahah

i think john fahy is out of order for allowing this info to the press he proberbly provoked Chris Roberts this infomation should not be leaked out no smoke without fire
Hello mate,

Chris Roberts is the LEADER of the Royal London Borough of Greenwich. (RLBG)

Mr Roberts is responsible for the staff that provide a service to the residents of RLBG

RLBG 'Bullying Policy', "Equality Objectives 2012 to 2016"
"Tackle all forms of hate crime and harassment and promote safety and security."
"Tackle harassment and bullying in the workplace."

This IMO was a clear cut case of intimidation. I am no fan of Cllr Fahy but as far as councillors go, he is one of the better ones.

If councillor Fahy had not disclosed this alleged episode off intimidation/bullyin

g/harassment, IMO Cllr Fahy would have have been letting down the residents of RLBG as well as the 15,000 staff of RLBG

Look at it like this, if any member of RLBG staff was found guilty of anything remotely close to this kind of behaviour allegedly carried out by Mr Roberts would have been instantaneously dismissed for GROSS MISCOUNTED.

Mr Roberts needs to go now otherwise some staff may come out of the closet and take it upon themselves to behave in this manner and making the lives of other colleagues even more miserable.

If this allegation is proven and Mr Roberts remains, what kind of message is this send to the thousands of RLBG employees?

Yes, i have been bullied and intimated at work and its not nice. I just wish i had the courage to speak up like Mr Fayh
Or even gross misconduct?
[quote][p][bold]Very-Honest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]12pebbles[/bold] wrote: hahahaha keep the jokes coming in royal borough tut royal words hahahah i think john fahy is out of order for allowing this info to the press he proberbly provoked Chris Roberts this infomation should not be leaked out no smoke without fire[/p][/quote]Hello mate, Chris Roberts is the LEADER of the Royal London Borough of Greenwich. (RLBG) Mr Roberts is responsible for the staff that provide a service to the residents of RLBG RLBG 'Bullying Policy', "Equality Objectives 2012 to 2016" "Tackle all forms of hate crime and harassment and promote safety and security." "Tackle harassment and bullying in the workplace." This IMO was a clear cut case of intimidation. I am no fan of Cllr Fahy but as far as councillors go, he is one of the better ones. If councillor Fahy had not disclosed this alleged episode off intimidation/bullyin g/harassment, IMO Cllr Fahy would have have been letting down the residents of RLBG as well as the 15,000 staff of RLBG Look at it like this, if any member of RLBG staff was found guilty of anything remotely close to this kind of behaviour allegedly carried out by Mr Roberts would have been instantaneously dismissed for GROSS MISCOUNTED. Mr Roberts needs to go now otherwise some staff may come out of the closet and take it upon themselves to behave in this manner and making the lives of other colleagues even more miserable. If this allegation is proven and Mr Roberts remains, what kind of message is this send to the thousands of RLBG employees? Yes, i have been bullied and intimated at work and its not nice. I just wish i had the courage to speak up like Mr Fayh[/p][/quote]Or even gross misconduct? reasonable75

8:19pm Thu 3 Oct 13

j.j. says...

The picture and the recording remind me of the film Downfall. And there are lots of other parallels, too. Does he see that the end is approaching or will he fight until the bitter end?
The picture and the recording remind me of the film Downfall. And there are lots of other parallels, too. Does he see that the end is approaching or will he fight until the bitter end? j.j.

9:20pm Thu 3 Oct 13

12pebbles says...

Executive member for economic growth and regeneration (Lab)

Chris Roberts has been leader of Greenwich Council since 2000 and has played an important role in the physical, social and economic regeneration of the borough since his election as a councillor in 1994.

His achievements include creating GLLaB - a scheme which has placed over 10,000 people into jobs, helped bring the Millenium Dome to the borough and supported its transition into the 02, and developed thousands of new homes on industrial land which had lain derelict.

Chris has chaired the Thames Gateway London Partnership for three years. He has also played a leading role in developing the borough’s transport strategies, with DLR stations being completed at Cutty Sark and Woolwich, and bringing Crossrail to the borough.

Having served on the Interim Legacy Board for the 2012 Olympic Bid, Chris now chairs the Five Host Boroughs Employment Partnership Board.

Chris is a member of the GMB Union and the Co-operative Party and is on the board of directors/a trustee for a number of other organisations.
Executive member for economic growth and regeneration (Lab) Chris Roberts has been leader of Greenwich Council since 2000 and has played an important role in the physical, social and economic regeneration of the borough since his election as a councillor in 1994. His achievements include creating GLLaB - a scheme which has placed over 10,000 people into jobs, helped bring the Millenium Dome to the borough and supported its transition into the 02, and developed thousands of new homes on industrial land which had lain derelict. Chris has chaired the Thames Gateway London Partnership for three years. He has also played a leading role in developing the borough’s transport strategies, with DLR stations being completed at Cutty Sark and Woolwich, and bringing Crossrail to the borough. Having served on the Interim Legacy Board for the 2012 Olympic Bid, Chris now chairs the Five Host Boroughs Employment Partnership Board. Chris is a member of the GMB Union and the Co-operative Party and is on the board of directors/a trustee for a number of other organisations. 12pebbles

10:41pm Thu 3 Oct 13

JoeBlobbs says...

12pebbles wrote:
Executive member for economic growth and regeneration (Lab)

Chris Roberts has been leader of Greenwich Council since 2000 and has played an important role in the physical, social and economic regeneration of the borough since his election as a councillor in 1994.

His achievements include creating GLLaB - a scheme which has placed over 10,000 people into jobs, helped bring the Millenium Dome to the borough and supported its transition into the 02, and developed thousands of new homes on industrial land which had lain derelict.

Chris has chaired the Thames Gateway London Partnership for three years. He has also played a leading role in developing the borough’s transport strategies, with DLR stations being completed at Cutty Sark and Woolwich, and bringing Crossrail to the borough.

Having served on the Interim Legacy Board for the 2012 Olympic Bid, Chris now chairs the Five Host Boroughs Employment Partnership Board.

Chris is a member of the GMB Union and the Co-operative Party and is on the board of directors/a trustee for a number of other organisations.
He is most definitely a member, that bit you have got right. The rest is copied from the page he no doubt wrote himself on the Greenwich Council website to massage his inflated ego.

Doesnt change the fact he is a bully who throws his considerable weight around to achieve his goals.
[quote][p][bold]12pebbles[/bold] wrote: Executive member for economic growth and regeneration (Lab) Chris Roberts has been leader of Greenwich Council since 2000 and has played an important role in the physical, social and economic regeneration of the borough since his election as a councillor in 1994. His achievements include creating GLLaB - a scheme which has placed over 10,000 people into jobs, helped bring the Millenium Dome to the borough and supported its transition into the 02, and developed thousands of new homes on industrial land which had lain derelict. Chris has chaired the Thames Gateway London Partnership for three years. He has also played a leading role in developing the borough’s transport strategies, with DLR stations being completed at Cutty Sark and Woolwich, and bringing Crossrail to the borough. Having served on the Interim Legacy Board for the 2012 Olympic Bid, Chris now chairs the Five Host Boroughs Employment Partnership Board. Chris is a member of the GMB Union and the Co-operative Party and is on the board of directors/a trustee for a number of other organisations.[/p][/quote]He is most definitely a member, that bit you have got right. The rest is copied from the page he no doubt wrote himself on the Greenwich Council website to massage his inflated ego. Doesnt change the fact he is a bully who throws his considerable weight around to achieve his goals. JoeBlobbs

10:26am Tue 8 Oct 13

ms day says...

THIS JOKER IS TRYING TO DEMOLISH 16 SMALL BUISNESS UNITS BROCKLEBANK INDUSTRIAL ESTATE CHARLTON .WITH THE LOSS OF OVER 60 JOBS .TO BUILD 2 SHOPS .TIME TO GO I THINK MR ROBERTS .
THIS JOKER IS TRYING TO DEMOLISH 16 SMALL BUISNESS UNITS BROCKLEBANK INDUSTRIAL ESTATE CHARLTON .WITH THE LOSS OF OVER 60 JOBS .TO BUILD 2 SHOPS .TIME TO GO I THINK MR ROBERTS . ms day

10:26am Tue 8 Oct 13

ms day says...

THIS JOKER IS TRYING TO DEMOLISH 16 SMALL BUISNESS UNITS BROCKLEBANK INDUSTRIAL ESTATE CHARLTON .WITH THE LOSS OF OVER 60 JOBS .TO BUILD 2 SHOPS .TIME TO GO I THINK MR ROBERTS .
THIS JOKER IS TRYING TO DEMOLISH 16 SMALL BUISNESS UNITS BROCKLEBANK INDUSTRIAL ESTATE CHARLTON .WITH THE LOSS OF OVER 60 JOBS .TO BUILD 2 SHOPS .TIME TO GO I THINK MR ROBERTS . ms day

1:27pm Tue 15 Oct 13

tomtom71 says...

This man has no shame. He presides over a culture of bullying and intimidation which the Chief Executive and other senior officers either turn a blind eye to or encourage. They know they all owe their jobs to him so if he goes they go. Mary Ney in particular. He decides who he wants out and she does the dirty work for him.
This man has no shame. He presides over a culture of bullying and intimidation which the Chief Executive and other senior officers either turn a blind eye to or encourage. They know they all owe their jobs to him so if he goes they go. Mary Ney in particular. He decides who he wants out and she does the dirty work for him. tomtom71

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