Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Liberal Democrat Councillor Obstructs Ambulance

There has been plenty of media coverage today of Liberal Democrat councillor Colin Rosentiel following a complaint made against him to the Standards Board for England.

So for those of you who missed it let's recap: Liberal Democrat Cllr. Colin Rosenstiel stopped an Ambulance as crews tried to reach an injured person at a summer festival on common land in Cambridgeshire. Cllr. Rosenstiel rode his bike directly into the path of the ambulance, blocking the entrance, and refusing to move on the grounds that he claimed cars were not allowed on the grass.

The emergency crew did eventually manage to manoeuvre around him but, as the ambulance attempted to leave, following treatment of their patient, Cllr. Rosenstiel, it is alleged, blocked their exit again by locking the gate.

Ultimately driver paramedic Cliff Austine, of the East of England Ambulance Service, summoned a nearby policeman who ordered the councillor to unlock the gate.

Mr Austine decided to make a formal complaint to the Standards Board for England - the watchdog for councillors’ behaviour. The Standards Board found that Cllr. Rosenstiel had failed to comply with the code of conduct and brought his office into disrepute.

The Liberal Democrats do seem to be getting a lot of stories in the press of late, but alas for all the wrong reasons. (Click here and here for an interesting article of Adrian Heath, former Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the Gainsborough Constituency.)

Finally, Sam Coates in The Times writes:
"Turns out Nick Clegg is launching his new education policies tomorrow morning at a school in north London. Unfortunately they forgot to tell the media. We found out almost by accident. The Lib Dem press office was somewhat surprised we weren't aware and suggested they might put out a calling notice tomorrow morning. Giving their poll ratings, they aren't helping themselves..."

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