A Conservative councillor in Kent is in trouble after he complained that too many candidates who wished to become the area’s MP had ‘foreign names’. Peter (a middle eastern name) Hobbins sent e-mails out bemoaning this:
Mr Hobbins, who stood unsuccessfully for the Tories at the 2001 election and was shortlisted for the London mayoral race, suggested he should change his name to â€˜Petradoâ€™ to succeed in the party. One email said: â€˜I have been contacted by a Mr Dilon Gumraj and a Zerha Zaidi and others who are all on the approved Conservative Parliamentary Candidates list.
â€˜Not one of them has a â€˜normalâ€™ English name.
â€˜They want to be the PPCs for Orpington and asked me for my personal advice on how they would be the best candidates for the Orpington Constituency. My view? For Hellâ€™s sake.â€˜Why are the Candidates Department so keen on these foreign names?!!!! Maybe I should change my name to something foreign â€“ how does Petrado Indiano Hobbinso sound to you?!â€™
The Conservatives have suspended him.
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