Presentation of Scroll was to mark the appreciation of the forty-seven years service by councillor Christine Bednell to the London Borough of Harrow.
Since the creation of the London Borough of Harrow in 1964, no other councillor has given such long and diligent service.
Those that the council previously conferred Honorary Freedom of the Borough upon included Horace Cutler (1977) and the late Sir Roger Bannister (2004).
Ms Bednell, a Conservative councillor for Stanmore (1986-2014), was first elected to the council in 1968 from the then Wealdstone North ward.
She was Harrow deputy mayor in 1985 and mayor in 1986 and served on various council committees including Cabinet and held the Portfolios for Children’s Services.
The happy atmosphere at the council meeting was somewhat spoiled by a mischievous Tory motion playing the ‘anti-semitism politics’, in line with what has been happening to attack Jeremy Corbyn and destabilise the Labour party. But then divisive politics is a well recognised feature of the Harrow East Tory party!
[As Jews, we reject the myth that it’s antisemitic to call Israel racist’ “It is profoundly wrong to label the Labour party “antisemitic” for refraining to adopt IHRA guidelines in their entirety” says a worldwide coalition of Jewish groups – 40 Jewish groups from 15 different countries – condemning attempts to stifle criticism of Israel with false accusations of antisemitism].