Appointment to LFEPA (2)

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given that it is only logical that borough representatives on LFEPA are serving councillors are you going to replace Cllr Bertha Joseph (who was appointed as a Conservative representative but has since been suspended by Brent Council) with a new representative in order to ensure that the position is filled by someone who is currently able to serve as a local councillor?


Answer for Appointment to LFEPA (2)

Answer for Appointment to LFEPA (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

You will be aware that Cllr Joseph has been granted permission by the Adjudication Panel for England to appeal and has had her suspension lifted pending her appeal in early January. So the issue of replacement of an LFEPA member is not a current one.

On the broader issue of my power to terminate appointments to LFEPA, it is important first to note that a councillor remains a member of his or her own borough while he or she is suspended. The individual therefore also remains a member of LFEPA during this time unless I take a decision to terminate his or her appointment. The Act states that my power to terminate an appointment to LFEPA rests on my being 'satisfied that the member is unable or unfit for any reason to discharge his functions as a member'. The only way I can discharge my responsibilities under the Act properly is to look into each case on its own merits and to receive advice from GLA officials accordingly. I shall of course do this if the need arises.