Several of our local residents had contacted us to complain about Bromley Council appearing to endorse a candidate in the London Mayoral elections. They were suspicious of how an information leaflet from Bromley Council came to be delivered to individual households along with a Boris Johnson election leaflet.
At Council last Monday, the Labour councillors asked the majority Tory group for an explanation.
We were told that that it was co-incidence rather than conspiracy. Both Bromley Council and the Johnson campaign had asked the same delivery firm to deliver to every household. Bromley’s contract with the delivery company specified that Bromley leaflets should not be delivered alongside any other promotional material. However, despite this the two deliveries had been combined.
As a result of us raising the issue, the delivery company had been reminded of the terms of the contract and had paid an amount to the Mayor’s charity.
We had no reason to doubt the explanation but suggested that because of the concerns raised by residents, the council should make a public announcement. The Tory Environment spokesman rejected our suggestion. That;s what usually happens.
However, concerns continued to be expressed and now, according to this week’s News Shopper, the Tories have had a change of mind and will be writing to all residents. What a shame they did not listen to our sensible suggestion last Monday. A public statement would have been far cheaper than arranging to write to every household.