If voters in the capital fail to back the Tories on the London Assembly, Brian Coleman — thought to be the UK’s highest paid councillor — could find his taxpayer-funded salary slashed by up to £90,700.
Despite his swearing at nurses and shouting at local shopkeepers, Coleman is paid an annual salary of nearly £130,000 out of the public purse. Ejection from the Assembly would mean taking a huge pay cut — losing his GLA salary (£53,500), allowance as chair of the London Fire Brigade (£26,900) and consequently chair of the LGA fire services management committee (£10,365).
Of course, this doesn’t count all the expenses he wouldn’t be able to claim any more. As David Hencke noted, Brian once claimed a staggering £10,000 worth of cabbies’ fares from the GLA in a year. Coleman has overseen the slashing of the LFB budget, and sickeningly this March splashed £1,000 on a meal for his Tory buddies — held in the very LFB museum that he is threatening to close.
As a cabinet member on Barnet Council, he’ll have to get by on a mere £38,177.
UPDATE: Looks like Coleman is toast. He’s trailing former MP Andrew Dismore by 10 points with 9% of the results in: