Interestingly,and at long last, Barry Phelps (who, in case you forgot, sent a stream of RBKC based emails of a very inappropriate nature, to a wide range of recipients) has challenged the Leader over his extremely reluctant resignation. Now dont get Hornet wrong, Phelps should have gone in her opinion, probably a few years earlier though as his "problem" was well known to the powers that be.
What Hornet is talking about here is that at last the cosiness of the Tory leadership with this errant fellow is under threat. Phelps aint gonna go quietly, and he now feels enough water has flowed under the bridge he can pop his head over the parapet and sound off against the forces that ousted him.
A Tribute Dinner to Barry Phelps to thank him for his sixteen years’ service as an Earl’s Court Ward Councillor was given on Friday evening by Earl’s Court Community Leaders. Jonathan Choat, Chairman Orpen House Residents Association, was in the Chair. Mr Choat said: “Barry served Earl’s Court from 1994 to 2010 and topped the poll in every one of the five elections he contested, increasing his share of the vote every time. That shows what he did for Earl’s Court and how much his community appreciated him.”
“I should never have resigned from the Council until hearing the result of the complaint to the Police about me and when they dismissed it out of hand I should not have resigned at all. Indeed the Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Mark Heath, asked me in personally to tell me of their conclusion. So there is no disgraced Mayor of the Royal Borough. But the pressure was intense and I was worn out. So I apologise to you and the rest of Earl’s Court for resigning and thank you and about 150 other Earl’s Courtiers for the support and kind words you have given me. Indeed not only have some 200 residents had kind words for me but I have not had an unkind word from any of them. Similarly all the council officers I have met or emailed have also had a kind word or two for me – with just one exception." (Dame Hornet wonders whether that senior officer could have been a keen ex Hounslow tennis player....)
At the same time The ex Mayor has challenged Sir Cockle over the perceived benefits of the proposed inter borough mergers. Interestingly the Dame has much sympathy with what he says in this respect.
However, we must never forget that Barry's folly equally caused the forced resignation of Cllr Mark Daley
It is a shame BP did not feel the need to show some sympathy for this councillor. No celebratory dinner for Daley then....