Bromley Council in Boris leaflet row
PUBLISHED: 16:09 04 April 2012
A row erupted after Bromley residents were sent campaign material supporting Boris Johnson alongside council leaflets.
Labour MP Jim Dowd, who represents Lewisham West and Penge, called for an inquiry after flyers promoting Mr Johnson’s new Freedom Pass plans were posted inside the Environment Matters newsletter.
Mr Dowd said that deliberately including the flyers would have been a breach of regulations.
He 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.”
But a distribution company has since claimed responsibility for combining the leaflets without the council’s knowledge.
London Letterbox promised to send letters of explanation to residents.
Customer relations director Peter Price said: “Our employees have made a mistake and we have done our best to apologise for it.”
Several residents thought the Back Boris flyers were deliberately included by Conservative-led Bromley Council.
Bernard Glazier, 65, who lives in Penge, contacted Mr Dowd.
He said: “I was amazed. I actually started to laugh.”
Council leader Cllr Stephen Carr said Mr Dowd should have found out what happened before criticising Bromley.
He said: “Mr Dowd, your cheap, cynical and ill-informed electioneering will do nothing but undermine the confidence local residents have in some of our parliamentarians.”
Penge Cllr John Getgood, who challenged the council on the issue, said: “It’s very unfortunate and it never should have happened. Whether to continue using the company is for the council to decide.”
A spokesman for the Back Boris campaign said he knew nothing of the incident.