Tory activist suspended after flashpoint with Labour councillors at by-election count
Labour celebrations interrupted by man shouting 'burn in hell communists'
10 November, 2017 — By Richard Osley
THE Conservatives have ‘provisionally suspended’ one of their members after a flashpoint at last night’s (Thursday’s) Gospel Oak by-election count.
Labour councillors complained they were subjected to tirade of an angry verbal abuse as they celebrated Jenny Mulholland’s victory at the Town Hall. Several of them reported that a man shouted ‘burn in hell, communists, filthy rubbish’ at them.
The incident was seen in contrast to a good-natured campaign running up to voting day and did not involve the Conservatives’ candidate Marx de Morais. The by-election had been triggered after Theo Blackwell stepped down in Gospel Oak, the Labour councillor having been hired by Labour London Mayor Sadiq Khan to a new politically-restricted £107,000-a-year digital guru job ay City Hall.
The Tories responded to the incident at the count almost immediately, promising to investigate. A statement said: “The member, who is not a party or elected office-holder, has been provisionally suspended from the Conservative Party, pending investigation.”
Conservative councillor Oliver Cooper said: “I was horrified and incandescent when Rishi Madlani [Labour councillor] told me what had been said. Absolutely outrageous, unacceptable in the Party, and entirely out-of-keeping with our party. Holborn and St Pancras Conservatives are right to have taken swift action’.