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Political war on streets of Bromley over leaflet delivery
A POLITICAL war has broken out on the streets of Bromley over the delivery of leaflets.
It comes after a Boris Johnson election pamphlet was delivered at the same time as Bromley Council’s Environment Matters leaflet.
This was due to an error by the distribution company London Letterbox Marketing which has written to the affected households and disciplined its staff.
But despite it being an error out of the control of Bromley Council and the Conservative Party, the Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge Jim Dowd referred it to the council’s chief internal auditor.
He says he is also considering referring the matter to the Audit Commission.
At the same time councillors are threatening to refer him to the parliamentary standards commissioner for “deliberately spreading misinformation which he either knows, or should know is totally untrue”.
The portfolio holder for the environment Councillor Colin Smith, whose department produces the Environment Matters newsletter, says the MP knew it was a simple error before he put out his press release.
And now the deputy leader of Bromley Council is calling on Mr Dowd to apologise.
Cllr Smith said: “MPs have a moral and professional duty to uphold high standards at all times and not engage in pathetic political muck raking for their own parochial gain in the run up to elections.
“Quite why Mr Dowd chose to act in such a low manner after his councillors had been advised two days previously as to the facts of the matter is something he may wish to explain or justify.
“I’m not holding my breath, but when you’re caught red handed spreading falsehoods as he has been, a public apology is normally the most civilised and easiest way to resolve the matter.”
Mr Dowd said: “The rotten borough that is Bromley Council is not used to being called to account.
“They’ve been found out and they don’t like it.
“I will be pursuing this matter in parliament and with the auditors.”