Readers will recall that H&F Council used tax payers' cash to invite what it deemed to be 800 local key opinion formers to attend this event. The same event was previously funded directly by the H&F Conservative Party.
Below are extracts from the three emails sent by senior council officials to me initially explaining their reasons why I and my colleagues were not amongst the eight hundred people to be invited - then relenting in what can only be seen as an embarrassing U turn following representations from the BBC who are hosting the event. It’s a shame H&F Council doesn’t share the BBC’s approach to impartiality.
Here's H&F Council's differing explanations:
- 7th September 9.37am. The Opposition are not invited because:
"Because of the nature and purpose of the event and the limited capacity."
- 25th September 4.21pm. The Opposition are still not invited because:
"Because of the nature of the event there is no need for the Opposition to attend."
- 25th September 7.07pm. The Opposition are now invited... because:
"I have been approached by the BBC expressing their concerns with regards to the above event over political neutrality. To avoid any possible embarrassment to the BBC, I am happy to extend the invitation to you as Leader of the Opposition and your Shadow Cabinet."