Search

Romford Tory councillors missed ‘important’ briefing on £4m council merger - to attend curry awards

07:00 03 March 2014

Cllrs Dervish and White attended the curry awards instead of a meeting on Havering's back-office merger.

Cllrs Dervish and White attended the curry awards instead of a meeting on Havering's back-office merger.

Archant

Two Conservative councillors have been criticised by party colleagues for failing to turn up to an “important” briefing on Havering Council’s £4m merger with Newham Council – in order to attend a curry ceremony.

Cllrs Osman Dervish and Damian White were guests at the British Curry Awards late last year when they were “meant to be at” a Conservative group meeting to examine the controversial back-office union, codenamed Project Romulus.

This week senior Tory councillors Micahel Armstrong, Geoff Starns and Andrew Curtin said the pair had their priorities wrong in attending the “glamorous” bash, nicknamed the “Oscars of the curry industry”, in Battersea, south London instead of the group meeting.

Cllr Armstrong, deputy council leader, said: “They should do the job taxpayers pay them for rather than attending glamorous jollies in London.”

Havering expects to make savings in services like payroll, HR and recruitment, under the scheme, voted through on November 27. It is believed another three councillors also attended the awards but the cabinet members chose not to criticise them.

Cllr Dervish said: “I was asked to attend by my employer (Romford MP Andrew Rosindell) as he does a lot of work for the Commonwealth. This was not an official meeting, it was a group meeting and it was unfortunate I couldn’t be there. I did look up the presentation and made myself aware of all the issues.” Cllr White did not respond.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

27 minutes ago
Fay Hough is championing a petition to get more changing facilities in toilets for adults and children like her son Bowie who has autism

A mother is raising awareness of the public toilet needs of disabled children

Craig Keane, pleaded guilty to his crimes at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Pic: John Stillwell/PA

A special constable whose job was to grade indecent images of children, has admitted molesting a sleeping six-year-old.

14:24
Romford MP Andrew Rosindell.

Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell has welcomed the latest figures showing employment across the UK reaching its highest rate since records began.

11:09
The Brickyard Bar and Grill

A 28-year-old man is believed to have been bottled after a fight broke out at a Romford club.

07:00
Police outside the house in Laburnum Avenue, Hornchurch, where three people died. Photo: Ann-Marie Abbasah

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has urged people to check their smoke alarms after it revealed five out of seven fatal fires since the turn of the year had no working smoke alarms fitted in their homes.

Yesterday, 17:30
Stock picture of a kitten

An animal welfare campaigner has issued a warning after a cat was decapitated in Barkingside this weekend, following a similar attack on a cat in Romford last year.

Yesterday, 16:14
Cllr Rob Benham standing next to heaps of rubbish left in Upminster last year.

In a year that has seen the borough plagued with fly-tip after fly-tip, residents now get the chance to have their questions answered.

Yesterday, 15:37
Proposed location for zebra crossing in Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill. Picture: Google Maps.

Council officers have targeted a busy stretch of road in a bid to reduce the number of incidents at an accident blackspot.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

MyOffers H&M Competition

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now