My recollection was that Councillor David Leaf was never an Erith Councillor
and therefore Councillor Read’s claim that in 2008 he was the organiser of a
petition for step free access at Erith station needed to be looked at more closely.
As expected a search of Bexley Council’s website showed that David Leaf was elected in Belvedere in 2006 and Erith was represented by Chris Ball, Margaret O’Neill (both Labour) and Bernard Clewes, Conservative.
And what did Councillor Leaf say on his blog about a railway station in the adjacent ward, Erith?
He said that the people pictured outside Erith station on 5th July 2008 were him and Councillor Clewes plus James Cleverly the GLA Assembly Member and Peter Weston from The Bexley Access Group.
So who were the other four people on the photograph? Some detective work was called for.
To cut a longer story short the lady is (former Councillor) Margaret O’Neill elected by 939 Erith voters in 2006.
Where’s her credit in David Leaf’s blog? Nowhere? Deliberately excluded.
So now we know that Councillor Leaf’s readiness to malign his Labour colleagues since he was re-elected in 2014 is not a new phenomenon. He was going out of his way to push them aside ten years ago.
With thanks to Councillor Phillip Read for a totally unnecessary intervention that allows yet another Tory deception to be brought to light.