Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Police investigate former Lib Dem Council Candidate

A former Liberal Democrat council candidate is under investigation by police after political scrapbook exposed a series of vicious Islamophobic comments on his facebook page. The probes into the so called “Redcar racist”, Dave Stone, come after a concerted effort by Nick Clegg’s Office and Party HQ to ignore the issue.

Scrapbook revealed Mr Stones’ comments last month, when he was campaigning in a by election for Redcar and Cleveland council – previously safe Liberal Democrat seat which he then lost to Labour. He posted comments calling for a “pork restaurant” and “topless bar” should be built next to a mosque, as well as smears suggesting Muslims objected to the sale of remembrance poppies.

The scandal was exacerbated by the party’s attitude towards it, with accusations of a cover up as senior party leaders refused to act by suspending Stones. Either local MP Ian Swales, Nick Clegg or Party HQ would responded questions, despite a leaked email showing they were aware of the remarks.