I hope common-sense will prevail

I am writing following your article in the 18th March edition of the Post concerning Councillors being de-selected. As the daughter of serving Councillor Fred Barns, one of the Councillors mentioned, and a resident of Barking, I feel that it is only fair

I am writing following your article in the 18th March edition of the Post concerning Councillors' being de-selected.

As the daughter of serving Councillor Fred Barns, one of the Councillors mentioned, and a resident of Barking, I feel that it is only fair to comment on this outrageous situation.

The reason given to my father as to why he has not been selected was that he was unable to do campaigning for the Labour Party, and not, as reported by a Labour Party spokesperson, because "he did not meet the required standard at the initial interview".

My father is registered disabled and, as a result, cannot walk very far without having to sit down. He has had this problem throughout his time as a serving councillor and it has not had an adverse effect on his ability to be hard working and conscientious.


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His Thames ward residents will confirm this. Despite his disability he carried out his duties as Mayor and continues to do so as Deputy Mayor this year.

He also participates in campaigning and canvassing despite what has been said to the contrary.

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My mother Phyllis, myself and a team of volunteers pound the pavements whilst he is waiting in his car until someone wishes to speak to a councilor.

You may think that as his daughter I would speak up for him but take it from me, I am disgusted that the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 is being ignored. It clearly states that disabled persons "should be encouraged to participate fully in public life". My father does participate and wants to continue doing so.

He will appeal against the unfair decision and with the support of the residents of Thames Ward who know what he does, hopefully common sense will prevail.

Mrs Deborah Murphy

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