London: Gay former Tory AM Brian Coleman arrested over assault allegation
Brian Coleman remains a Tory councillor Brian Coleman, the gay former Conservative London Assembly Member and ex-mayor of Barnet, has been arrested on suspicion of common assault. The allegation relates to an incident that occurred in Finchley. In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said a 51-year-old man was held on Thursday over an alleged common assault .
A spokesperson added the individual Was taken to a central London police station and was subsequently bailed to attend a north London police station in late October pending further enquiries. Mr Coleman had been part of Mayor Boris Johnson s team at City Hall until May of this year. He lost his seat on the London Assembly during the capital s local elections along with Mr Johnson s gay statutory deputy mayor Richard Barnes.
Mr Cole s defeat meant he had to relinquish his position as chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. He is currently a Tory councillor in Totteridge. Mr Barnes was appointed by Mr Johnson as a deputy mayor in 2008.
Having served on the Greater London Assembly for 12 years, Mr Barnes was ousted as the member for Ealing and Hillingdon by Labour s Onkar Sahota, a general practitioner in May.