Labour councillors are calling on the Conservative Party to clarify what actions have been taken on racist tweets made by Cllr Debbie Young.
The Chalford councillor last week issued an statement apologising if her tweets ‘caused offence’, but local Tories are yet to comment, despite the story appearing in the national media.
Labour leader Doina Cornell said: “The Tories are quick to demand that local Labour comments on all sorts of issues, but have said nothing about their own councillor’s behaviour. It has now been a week and we are still yet to hear anything from the party. The Conservative Party has a code of conduct for its elected representatives that expects them to support equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion, and the absence of any and all inappropriate behavior. What action has been taken by the Party to investigate if this code has been breached?”
“The leader of Stroud District Conservative councillors supported the statement all four political party leaders issued in support of Black Lives Matter. That statement is not just empty words. It requires action from all of us whatever our racial background and heritage. Silence is not an option.”
Complaints have been sent to the council and a formal independent investigation is underway by council officers as to whether if the council’s code of conduct has been broken. The Labour group has requested that this process is concluded as quickly as possible so that the local community can continue to have confidence in the District Council’s dealing with matters of racism.