Disgraced Lib Dem councillor fails to show

Sera Kentman, who was elected as a Liberal Democrat to represent the Whitefoot ward in Lewisham, has failed to attend council meetings for the last six months and has therefore triggered a by-election.

There are a string of allegations against Ms Kentman including; failing to disclose her debts as a councillor, having four false identities, a £9,000 overpayment of housing benefit on a house she part-owned and outstanding council tax payments back dating more than a year.

This proved to be a huge embarrassment to the local Lib Dems who were forced to expel her from the party earlier this year.

The election will be held on the 13th of September.

12 responses to “Disgraced Lib Dem councillor fails to show

  1. It is concerning that she was allowed to stand for election with these allegations hanging over her.Candidates sign a declaration of their eligibility to stand for office, and it appears that this is not followed up with proper checks.

  2. It is concerning that she was allowed to stand for election with these allegations hanging over her.Candidates sign a declaration of their eligibility to stand for office, and it appears that this is not followed up with proper checks.

  3. The last local election was the first time the Lib Dems fielded a full set of candidates; they made a big thing of it at the time.They were clearly struggling to fill all the slots and it looks as though they may have cut a few corners in terms of background checks.

  4. The last local election was the first time the Lib Dems fielded a full set of candidates; they made a big thing of it at the time.They were clearly struggling to fill all the slots and it looks as though they may have cut a few corners in terms of background checks.

  5. I was always under the impression that a person was innocent until proven guilty!Anyone can make all sorts of allegations against anybody … the fact is that NONE OF THESE ALLEGATIONS HAS BEEN PROVEN AGAINST SERA KENTMAN!!!The Home Office and the Department of Works and Pensions have finished their investigation …. the alleged aliases are actual people! The alleged benefit overpayment was not in Sera Kentman’s name and occurred some 10 years ago whilst Sera Kentman was working overseas! Why didn’t the Council prosecute then???The police investigation has been on-going for nearly a year and they have found absolutely nothing!It is despicable of the FibDems and the Labour group to release defamatory and libellous press releases before the police investigation started, let alone concluded! The police were called in because it is more damning to be investigated by the police than the Standards Committee! Labour have used the Executive and wasted valuable police resources simply hoping to embarrass Sera Kentman into resigning! In the end, she simply could not be bothered to lock horns with a bunch of talentless idiots intent on character assassination! I have known Sera Kentman for many years …. she is an honest, decent human being who has been serving the community for many years. I know that she agreed to stand for election because she saw it as an extension of the voluntary work she was already engaged in with childrens and old peoples charities! In the short time that she was a Councillor, she achieved a great deal!She is still engaged in casework .. the latest one concerning a 35 year old Turkish Cypriot man who was stripped naked and badly beaten in Lewisham Police station a few weeks ago!She was not expelled from the LibDems … she refused to renew her membership! I have seen the e-mails from Mark Morris demanding that she renew!I have also seen the e-mails from Mark Morris apologising for racist comments from Mark Bennett and Dan Houghton! Dan Houghton stated to Sera that he did not want ethnic minority recruitment ‘because of what happened in Tower Hamlets’! Sera Kentman has never been declared bankrupt, neither is she some master criminal! Like most women, she has a maiden name and a married name … using various combinations of her names and adding a few more people for good measure does not make her a criminal! In it’s latest press releases, the Insolvency Service are admitting to perhaps making a mistake!It is Lewisham’s loss … I hope she takes the bastards to the cleaners!!!Prof. Dr M Yener

  6. I was always under the impression that a person was innocent until proven guilty!Anyone can make all sorts of allegations against anybody … the fact is that NONE OF THESE ALLEGATIONS HAS BEEN PROVEN AGAINST SERA KENTMAN!!!The Home Office and the Department of Works and Pensions have finished their investigation …. the alleged aliases are actual people! The alleged benefit overpayment was not in Sera Kentman’s name and occurred some 10 years ago whilst Sera Kentman was working overseas! Why didn’t the Council prosecute then???The police investigation has been on-going for nearly a year and they have found absolutely nothing!It is despicable of the FibDems and the Labour group to release defamatory and libellous press releases before the police investigation started, let alone concluded! The police were called in because it is more damning to be investigated by the police than the Standards Committee! Labour have used the Executive and wasted valuable police resources simply hoping to embarrass Sera Kentman into resigning! In the end, she simply could not be bothered to lock horns with a bunch of talentless idiots intent on character assassination! I have known Sera Kentman for many years …. she is an honest, decent human being who has been serving the community for many years. I know that she agreed to stand for election because she saw it as an extension of the voluntary work she was already engaged in with childrens and old peoples charities! In the short time that she was a Councillor, she achieved a great deal!She is still engaged in casework .. the latest one concerning a 35 year old Turkish Cypriot man who was stripped naked and badly beaten in Lewisham Police station a few weeks ago!She was not expelled from the LibDems … she refused to renew her membership! I have seen the e-mails from Mark Morris demanding that she renew!I have also seen the e-mails from Mark Morris apologising for racist comments from Mark Bennett and Dan Houghton! Dan Houghton stated to Sera that he did not want ethnic minority recruitment ‘because of what happened in Tower Hamlets’! Sera Kentman has never been declared bankrupt, neither is she some master criminal! Like most women, she has a maiden name and a married name … using various combinations of her names and adding a few more people for good measure does not make her a criminal! In it’s latest press releases, the Insolvency Service are admitting to perhaps making a mistake!It is Lewisham’s loss … I hope she takes the bastards to the cleaners!!!Prof. Dr M Yener

  7. Please come forward Prof Dr M Yener and declare yourself!Your defence of a councillor who couldn’t even be bothered to turn up to a council meeting in six months is rather interesting. Did you know that Sera Kentman even claimed she didn’t know when Lewisham Council meetings took place – despite being given a diary of counil meetings for the next year and the fact that all council meetings are listed on Lewisham Council website? How was she blocked or prevented from attending Full Council and other meetings over the last six months? And what exactly did she achieve in her short time as councillor other than bring all councilllors into poor regard?It would be great to know more about you. Where do you live, how you became a profesor (and which university you are connected to) and how long you have known the former independent councillor Sera Kentman.Or you just Sera Kentman using a false name and making totally false allegations?

  8. Please come forward Prof Dr M Yener and declare yourself!Your defence of a councillor who couldn’t even be bothered to turn up to a council meeting in six months is rather interesting. Did you know that Sera Kentman even claimed she didn’t know when Lewisham Council meetings took place – despite being given a diary of counil meetings for the next year and the fact that all council meetings are listed on Lewisham Council website? How was she blocked or prevented from attending Full Council and other meetings over the last six months? And what exactly did she achieve in her short time as councillor other than bring all councilllors into poor regard?It would be great to know more about you. Where do you live, how you became a profesor (and which university you are connected to) and how long you have known the former independent councillor Sera Kentman.Or you just Sera Kentman using a false name and making totally false allegations?

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