Senior Labour councillors accused of bullying over Dimensions scandal
TWO senior Labour councillors have been accused of bullying colleagues at a group meeting.
A leaked email shows at least one complaint was made about the behaviour of Mohammed Pervez and Mark Meredith at the emergency meeting on March 10, 2008.
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Mr Meredith, then elected mayor, and Mr Pervez, then portfolio holder for community services and social cohesion, had denied rumours that meetings had taken place with Waterworld-owner Mo Chaudry over the closure of Burslem's Dimensions splash pool. It is now known that the meetings did take place.
But according to the leaked email from Councillor Joy Garner, in which she lodges a formal complaint, Mr Meredith, now cabinet member for economic development, responded to questions about the rumours by 'ranting and bullying Labour party members'.
Mrs Garner also says that Mr Pervez, now council leader, 'nearly screamed that he was now being racially abused' in relation to the links between Dimensions and Waterworld.
According to Mrs Garner's email, several councillors left the meeting 'acrimoniously', while others, including herself, felt aggrieved at what had happened.