Merton Council leader Stephen Alambritis: I 'dominated' Federation of Small Businesses

Wimbledon Guardian: Merton Council leader Stephen Alambritis Merton Council leader Stephen Alambritis

Merton's council leader has been forced to defend himself against complaints he falsely claimed to be the former head of the UK's Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Councillor Stephen Alambritis, leader of Merton Labour, told the Wimbledon Guardian he was formerly head of the FSB in election coverage inviting leaders of every party to tell readers why they should vote for them.

Concerned opposition councillors have pointed out Mr Alambritis was head of public affairs. He was not head of the FSB.

Mr Alambritis said: "I suppose the word 'a' head could be put in there but if you ask anyone in terms of the reality of the situation I was the head spokesman for the Federation of Small Businesses and dominated it for over twenty years."

He said all the senior members of staff were 'heads' of their departments, but admitted he was not in charge of the whole organisation.

The misleading information was published in the Wimbledon Guardian on Thursday, May 15.

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10:22am Sat 24 May 14

local watcher says...

Mr Alambritis is an admired, skilled, PR exponent, always ready to take any opportunity to display these skills, on occasion introducing background that is not employed at other times ! It is not surprising that he responded robustly to this article. As an example of such dexterity I quote from the Cyprus Mail after Merton received an award "
London Cypriot wants to share his council’s success with local municipalities

CYPRIOT leader of London’s Merton council, Stephen Alambritis is hoping to meet municipality leaders in Cyprus to share his experiences and help them cut costs after his council was recently named the best achieving.

“If we have Greek-Cypriots who are excelling throughout Europe or the world and they can share their experiences, these can be used and copied for the benefit of Cyprus. Let’s not worry about copying people, if something has been done well let’s share it,” he added.
Alambritis was born in Aradippou. He and his family took a 12-day boat trip from Larnaca to the UK in 1964 when they moved there.- unquote.
Our 'Cypriot' leader now deserves our congratulations for his recent Merton success.
Mr Alambritis is an admired, skilled, PR exponent, always ready to take any opportunity to display these skills, on occasion introducing background that is not employed at other times ! It is not surprising that he responded robustly to this article. As an example of such dexterity I quote from the Cyprus Mail after Merton received an award " London Cypriot wants to share his council’s success with local municipalities CYPRIOT leader of London’s Merton council, Stephen Alambritis is hoping to meet municipality leaders in Cyprus to share his experiences and help them cut costs after his council was recently named the best achieving. “If we have Greek-Cypriots who are excelling throughout Europe or the world and they can share their experiences, these can be used and copied for the benefit of Cyprus. Let’s not worry about copying people, if something has been done well let’s share it,” he added. Alambritis was born in Aradippou. He and his family took a 12-day boat trip from Larnaca to the UK in 1964 when they moved there.- unquote. Our 'Cypriot' leader now deserves our congratulations for his recent Merton success. local watcher
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