Liverpool Mayor advisor Peter Brennan forced to apologise after embarrassing leak

By David Bartlett on Nov 27, 12 08:34 AM in Labour

The proud tradition of leaking emails at Liverpool council shows no sign of letting up.

Today we report how one of Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson's advisors Peter Brennan has been forced to apologise after launching an outspoken attack on the city's Labour MPs. Read the full story HERE.

But below is the email correspondence that lead to this story. Deputy Mayor Paul Brant has always had his head screwed on right, and puts a stop to the email conversation with the sagely advice: "Can I please remind people that we should not put in writing anything that we would not be happy to have on the front page of the echo.

"Please don't continue this discussion in this forum, and we need to keep our conversations in a comradely tone."

It seems Mayor Anderson was not very happy with the ECHO looking into this story, but that will be the subject of another blog post.

Here is the email exchange started by Cllr Brennan:


From: Brennan, Peter
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2012 11:30 PM
To: Noakes, James
Cc: /*The Labour Group Councillors
Subject: MP's Absence

Hi James,

I just wanted to reiterate my anger and disgust that I expressed in tonight's group meeting regarding the absence of ALL 5 Liverpool Labour MP's when there were two crucial discussions/debates taking place recently in Parliament, namely the Local Government Finances and the Fire Service. This at a time when we are grappling as a city with the most severe and draconian cuts in living memory imposed on us by any government. I was absolutely appalled when the Mayor reported this to the group and I know many other members were equally as appalled and disgusted.

I do hope that you will write to each of the MP's on behalf of the Labour group to ask why they were absent from these two crucial debates which have far reaching and devastating impacts on the whole of our city and their constituents. And why could they not come to some agreement that at least one of them be present for each of the debates?

I am angry and sad that Joe, the cabinet and officers are not being supported because if "we really are all in this together" then I don't feel it unreasonable to expect our MP's to show a bit more solidarity and responsibility.

I do hope you will honour my request and I'm sure there will be many in the group interested in their written responses but not excuses.

Regards

Peter


From: Noakes, James
Sent: 06 November 2012 07:15
To: Brennan, Peter
Cc: /*The Labour Group Councillors
Subject: Re: MP's Absence

Hi Peter

I know Joe will raise it directly with them when he meets them. However, I am happy to write to the MPs to ask the question if that is what the Group wants.

I think at least one Group Member works for each of our MPs (possible exception of Riverside) so they can consider this email as well.

Regards

James

Cllr James Noakes
Mayoral Lead for Performance Improvement

Labour Councillor for Clubmoor

Labour Group Secretary


From: Brennan, Peter
Sent: 06 November 2012 08:43
To: Noakes, James
Cc: /*The Labour Group Councillors
Subject: RE: MP's Absence

Hi James,

Thanks for your response.

I agree that we should ask the group if they are happy for you to write to the MP's and to that end can I request that you ask the question that can be signed just 'Yes' or 'No' prior to or during tomorrow's council meeting?

I feel that this is too important an issue to wait for the next pre-council meeting to get the response of group members. And as for those members who work for MP's then it's entirely up to them and their consciences!

Regards

Peter

Councillor Peter Brennan

Labour Councillor for Old Swan Ward

Mayoral Lead for Community Safety

From: Paul Brant
To: Peter Brennan; James Noakes
CC: /*Labour Group Councillors
Subject: RE: MP's Absence
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2012 09:48:34 +0000

Dear All

Can I please remind people that we should not put in writing anything that we would not be happy to have on the front page of the echo. Our MP's have not had an opportunity to respond to the points raised.

Please don't continue this discussion in this forum, and we need to keep our conversations in a comradely tone.


thanks

Councillor Paul Brant

Deputy Mayor of Liverpool

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