22nd Oct, 2017

EDITOR'S COMMENT: Slow response from council leaders sees immigration tweets fall-out rumble on

Les Reid 12th Oct, 2017

EDITOR’S COMMENT from this week’s Solihull Observer

The fallout rumbles on over the extremist views on immigration and Muslims promoted on Twitter by two Conservative Solihull councillors – and council leaders partly have themselves to blame.

Several Tories at Tuesday’s council meeting rightly emphasised the borough’s diversity and tolerance, in supporting a Green party motion to re-assert the council’s position against all forms of discrimination. Some were no doubt also hoping to draw a line under the embarrassing and damaging saga.

But council leader Bob Sleigh had been far too slow to react, only announcing the suspension of councillor Margaret Bassett a week after we revealed the story, amidst a similar debacle with councllor Jeff Potts.

Let’s hope the council’s investigations are not protracted.

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