London Lite Friday, 25 September 2009 15 A racist, a liar... but BNP man can STILL serve on the London Assemblyby mark blunden Anger: anti-fascists protested outside Mr Barnbrooks tribunal A SENIOR BNP member con- demned for posting a misleading video online has escaped suspen- sion from the London Assembly. Richard Barnbrook was found guilty of bringing the Greater London Authority and Barking and Dagenham council into disrepute after posting the mes- sage online. He was suspended as a councillor and ordered to attend ethics training, but escaped suspension from the Assembly. He falsely claimed on YouTube three people were murdered within three weeks in the borough where he is a councillor. An independent investigation found he had shown a wilful disregard for the truth. D u r i n g h i s de f e nc e, M r Barnbrook claimed he got his words mixed up because he is dyslexic. He told a GLA discipli- nary hearing he got confused when cathedral bells sounded as he recorded the video. He said: I never meant to mis- lead anyone. I did not realise what I said was inaccurate. With my dyslexia and the background noise I was confused. But standards committees from Barking and Dagenham council and the GLA found Mr Barnbrook guilty of misleading the public and inflaming fear of knife crime. Barking and Dagenham decided he should be suspended without pay next month. The GLA said he would be censured, a formal condemnation, and that he should undergo ethics training. But Green party member on the London Assembly, Jenny Jones, described the punishment as a slap on the wrist. She said: Its ridiculous he wasnt suspended from the Assembly. He should have gone for a couple of months, if not the full six. Mr Barnbrook said he will appeal the findings. Inbrief Knife raiders hit Prem footy star FOOTBALLER Phil Jagielka was threatened by knife-wielding burglars in a raid on his home. The Everton defender, 27, was watching TV when three men burst into the mansion in Knutsford, Cheshire. The father of two, who was forced to hand over jewellery and the keys to his Range Rover, was unhurt. Strike mail may not be delivered A BACKLOg of 15m letters that has piled up following postal strikes may never be delivered, according to trade union chiefs. The Communications Workers Union said Royal Mail was storing the backlog in Dartford and Peterborough, where casual workers were hired to sort it. Squatters forced out of embassy SQUATTERS have been evicted from a former embassy worth 40m by dozens of police officers. The seven squatters took up residence in the 80-room building in Rutland gate, Kensington -- which is owned by the government of Sudan -- after being evicted from a 4.5m house near Harrods. Suspended: Richard Barnbrook at the hearing at City Hall yesterday H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html