One of the major scandals of last week’s local elections was the decision by the Tories – scrabbling for anything to call ‘good’ news against a strong Labour performance – to reinstate a councillor suspended for sharing a vile racist ‘joke’, in order to gain control of Pendle council.
The Tories attempted to excuse Rosemary Carroll’s horrific ‘joke’ by claiming that she had meant to delete it and shared it instead – Tory chair Brandon Lewis’ excuse even though you can’t delete someone else’s post on Facebook.
The Pendle decision came against a backdrop of eighteen Tory councillors or candidates suspended for racism, homophobia or misogyny during the campaign.
Today, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell put out a tweet calling on followers to sign a petition calling Councillor Carroll to resign – and for the Tories to expel her permanently:
The petition has so far gathered almost five thousand signatures – but with the level of outrage Ms Carroll’s reinstatement generated, it should have far more and fast.
Sign and share to raise awareness.
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