From mayor’s right hand man to town handyman
PUBLISHED: 10:59 19 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:20 25 August 2010
A SHAMED former council leader and London Mayor s advisor was reduced to painting a toilet block as part of his punishment for defrauding the taxpayer. Former Bexley council leader Ian Clement, 44, who took home a £127,000 salary as a Deputy Mayor of Lon
A SHAMED former council leader and London Mayor's advisor was reduced to painting a toilet block as part of his punishment for defrauding the taxpayer.
Former Bexley council leader Ian Clement, 44, who took home a £127,000 salary as a Deputy Mayor of London when caught using his business credit card for personal expenses, was wearing an orange vest as he revamped the loos at King George's playing fields in Longlands Road, Sidcup, last Friday.
The penalty, which also includes wearing a tag and obeying a 9pm curfew until December 29, marks a hefty plummet from grace for the man who once travelled to Beijing and New York representing the capital.
Now unemployed, Clement, of Heatherbank Close, Crayford, was sentenced to 100
hours of community payback last month following guilty pleas for three counts of fraud while two other charges were allowed to lie on file.
He admitted to using the card to pay for meals with his lover and another woman and was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates Court on October 6, as reported in the Times.
He stated: "I have failed to live up to the high standards of office that were properly expected of me.
"I have given many years of dedicated public service to London, which has been my pride, my passion and my life. That is now over.
"There is no denial in regards to my responsibility.
"I very much regret and indeed am truly sorry for my actions and that these have let down many good people, my family, my friends and colleagues including and not least, the Mayor of London."
Clement claimed he had been with the leaders of two London borough councils when he paid for two meals on his Greater London Authority (GLA) credit card but it emerged that he had in fact been dining with his lover Claire Dowson on both occasions.
Former postman Clement, who was educated at Trinity School in Erith Road, Belvedere, was elected to Bexley council in 1998 and made a steady rise through the ranks until becoming leader in May 2006.
He was appointed by Boris Johnson as Deputy Mayor for Government Relations on May 6 last year but his behaviour led him to become the third Deputy forced to resign on June 22 for bringing the GLA into disrepute in Mr Johnson's reign.
At the time, Bexley council revealed that Mr Clement had also used its credit card to claim for 10 personal expenses totalling £1,220 in a four-month period up until May 2008 including £102 at the Old Bexley Greek Taverna and £513 at the Park Plaza County Hall Hotel.
An Audit investigation into his credit card and business expenses has been passed to Scotland Yard.