Thursday, June 30 2016

Bournemouth councillor forced to make public apology for Twitter comment on EDL

Islamophobia Watch alerts us to the decision of Bournemouth council which has ordered a Conservative councillor who made comments on Twitter in May, stating that only the English Defence League ‘stick up for the English’, to make a full public apology at the next council meeting for her comments.

From the Bournemouth Echo:

“A Bournemouth councillor has been ordered to make a public apology for her controversial online comments about the English Defence League.

“Conservative Cllr Sue Anderson has been told she needs to apologise at next Tuesday’s full council meeting, send a written apology to the complainant and undertake equality and diversity training.

“Those were the recommendations of Bournemouth’s standards committee, who discussed the issue at a private meeting last month.

“They concluded that Cllr Anderson had potentially breached the council’s code of conduct with her comments on Twitter late at night on Saturday, May 5.

“The mum-of-four and grandmother, who represents the Moordown area, referred herself to the standards committee and to her party’s disciplinary procedures after her comments were criticised by hundreds of people.

“One of her comments was that ‘nobody else except the EDL stick up for the English’.

“She also tweeted to an account jointly run by a woman of Asian descent: ‘If you don’t like it here go back to where you came from’.

“Council leader John Beesley, who is also the leader of the Conservative group, said Cllr Anderson would need to make her apology at full council before the issue of her rejoining the Conservative group could be addressed.”

Only last week, a senior Conservative councillor for Ashford was strongly criticised and forced to apologise after he used the racist ‘N-word’ during a council meeting.


0 #1 MrAziz 2012-06-18 09:49
Assalaamu Aleykum,

I think that it's not enough in cases like these for an apology but a complete ban as someone who holds such views is not able to conduct her job fairly for all members of the community.


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