Who would’ve thought it? It seems a significant minority of “ethnic-friendly” Lib-Dem councillors in Burnley have made friends in all sorts of places.
The Liberal Democrats have since taken steps to suspend John Jones and Jeff Sumner. Both men are known to have backed a BNP representative for a key local position. They’ve since retracted an apology for their actions, telling the Guardian that they had ‘no regrets’ about voting for BNP councillor Sharon Wilkinson – over her Labour rival – to join the board of a publicly-funded regeneration initiative.
Whilst the votes cast had no bearing on the final outcome (Cllr Wilkinson was not elected), words were exchanged between the gentlemen concerned and their fellow Lib-Dem council leader, telling them that “this was conduct not becoming of an elected Liberal Democrat representative”.
It’s interesting to note these individuals have supposedly ‘breached’ the party line. Given the furore over the BNP ballerina, I’d like to know whether you think it is acceptable to have members of racist parties on publicly-funded initiatives?
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