It’s true: A week in politics really is a long time.
Last week, the mainstream media was awash with claims that Labour had suffered a terrible… victory… after being unable to secure more than a feeble (?) 53 per cent of the council seats available in the local elections.
I supposed they were just desperate to avoid having to mention the fact that so many Conservative candidates had been suspended due to allegations of racism and abuse – especially as some of them were immediately re-inducted into the party after they won the seats they were contesting.
Below is the list of alleged offenders compiled by Evolve Politics.
What has happened to them?
An astonishing 18 Conservative Councillors and Council candidates have been suspended from the Tory party within the last month alone for alleged racism and abuse.
And just to emphasise: these 18 suspensions don’t even include Tory Party members – these were elected Tory politicians and prospective Council candidates. The scale of the Tories’ problem is truly undeniable. Yet the party have no plans for an inquiry, and are being given free-reign to ignore calls from the biggest Islamic group in the country thanks to the mainstream media’s pitiful failure to report the truly despicable scale of the Tories’ racism problem.
Courtesy of the ever-brilliant Matt Thomas on Twitter, here is a full list of the 18 Tory Councillors and Candidates who have been suspended for racism or abuse in the last 30 days alone:
Tory Council Candidate Anthony Mullen – Sunderland – Suspended for allegedly “Vile and Abysmal Tweets”
Tory Council Candidate Geroge Stoakley – Cambridgeshire – Suspended for allegedly anti-Semitic, sexist and abusive tweets
Tory Council Candidate Matthew Clarke – Stevenage – Suspended for allegedly numerous anti-Semitic, homophobic and misogynistic comments
Tory Council Candidate Darren Harrison – Watford – Suspended for allegedly having links to Neo-Nazis and the EDL
Tory Candidate Alexander van Terheyden – Hackney – Suspended for allegedly supporting an Anti-Muslim Hate Group and attending a rally with the neo-Nazi former EDL leader
Tory Council Candidate Ian Robinson – Netherton – Suspended for alleged racist and xenophobic Facebook posts
Tory Councillor Pete Handley – Oxford – Suspended for allegedly calling a colleague a “cripple”
Conservative Councillor Mike Payne – Calderdale – Suspended for allegedly calling Muslims “parasites” who “live off the state and breed like rabbits”
Tory Council Candidate Patrick O’Sullivan – Hammersmith – Accused of Assaulting a Fellow Activist
Tory Council Candidate Nick Sundin – Newcastle – Suspended for alleged anti-Muslim and abusive tweets
Tory Councillor Dominic Boeck – Newbury – Suspended for allegedly mocking transgender people as mentally disordered.
Tory Councillor Geoff Driver – Lancashire – Suspended for alleged corruption and witness intimidation
Tory Council Candidate Kamran Razzaq – Dudley – Suspended after publishing and distributing an official Tory election leaflet claiming his Labour rivals had brought the area hepatitis.
Tory Council Candidate Karen Sunderland – Lewisham – Suspended for alleged Islamophbic tweets
Tory Council Candidate Matt Lynch – Sussex – Suspended for allegedly making false claims to have served in the military
Tory Mayor Peter Lucey – Wokingham – suspended after a slew of ‘Islamaphobic social media posts’ related to racist far-right groups online, including the EDL, came to light.
Tory Council Candidate David Boston – Enfield – Suspended for alleged racist and abusive Facebook posts
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