Has Birmingham’s Labour Leaders office misinformed the press?
Has Birmingham’s Labour Leaders office misinformed the press?The Birmingham Post has published an article today about Albert Bore’s ‘Team Birmingham’ meeting at Downing Street yesterday. As readers of my blog will be aware, John Hemming MP was banned from this meeting, even though 6 Birmingham Labour MPs attended.
The Birmingham Post claims that the reason John Hemming was not allowed to attend was “apparently because there was no room”. The article has a photo of the meeting, showing a table fully occupied. See image below.
But hand on a minute. The ITN website contains another photograph taken at the same location and guess what – there’s an empty seat two seats from the Prime Minster.
If anyone at the Council has told the local media that there was no room in Downing Street Cabinet Room for John Hemming MP this is a downright lie.
Both John Hemming and Paul Tilsley, Leader of Birmingham Liberal Democrat’s, have e-mailed Councillor Sir Albert Bore requesting an explanation as to why John Hemming was banned from the meeting. At time of writing, there has been no response.