Lewisham Labour Group welcomes the findings of the Dyson Inquiry into the New Bermondsey/Surrey Canal proceedings relating to the decision to compulsory purchase land currently leased to Millwall football club.

We wish to emphasise that the remit was to establish whether Council members and officers behaved legally and properly during these processes and are pleased that the Dyson Inquiry has done that. We also wish to stress that these findings in no way validate the initial CPO decision and that those issues will be looked at in the coming weeks and months.

Further, we condemn the attacks in the media on fellow councillors -; particularly those threatening physical abuse in social media on Cllr Paul Maslin. Members, rightly or wrongly, take their decisions in what they see as the best interests of the community. To subject them to the level of abuse encountered by Cllr Maslin is completely unwarranted and unjustified. We would ask those members of the public involved, no matter what their affiliation or where their sympathies lie, to desist.

Cllr Bill Brown, Labour Group Chair

Cllr Liz Johnston-Franklin, Labour Group Secretary

Cllr Jim Mallory, Labour Group Chief Whip

30 November 2017

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