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CORRESPONDENCE FEAR FOR MPs

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MPs will consider extending parliamentary privilege to cover correspondence, following claims it is being misused b...
MPs will consider extending parliamentary privilege to cover correspondence, following claims it is being misused by councils.

Hendon Labour MP Andrew Dismore raised the matter in a special Commons debate, making a personal attack on a member of Conservative-run Barnet LBC.

The MP singled out deputy leader Brian Coleman, who is also a Greater London Authority member.

'I am concerned he is using correspondence from the opposition,' Mr Dismore told the Commons.

'He is the Tory party's ideologue and he is trying to achieve political advantage unfairly from casework raised by Members of Parliament.

'I believe he is behind attempts to create a Dame Shirley Porter-style regime, which was branded at the time by the district auditor in Westminster as creating a climate of fear.'

Mr Dismore, who spent 15 years as a member of Westminster LBC, said when his correspondence was routinely copied to councillors and officers it was a breach of confidentiality.

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