Report this comment
  • "
    fartycat wrote:
    Yay, I'm promoted to embittered troll. How many points till I reach the next level?
    I would really love it if the Echo could display the whereabouts of each poster as well as their username. Perhaps then we'd see that just like the Weymouth demo last year we are seeing lots of EDL supporters being bussed in to stand up for a rather dubious councillor and a racist organisation.
    *Fiona* - she WAS denigrating a minority when she told Deepa Naik that he should go back to where he came from in reply to a tweet from him on the subject of inequality re education. That WAS racism, no matter how you try and paint it.
    I missed that bit...

    It would depend on how she said it to him.

    Its not necessarily racist to debate race and where ppl come from ,their origins etc.

    EDL is (mainly) an anti Muslim organization.

    Personally I dont believe Islam is correct in its beliefs some of which are plain weird (ie Judas was crucified in Jesus place).

    I have nothing against Muslims, they may be misguided but they are also clean living, spiritual honourable, people.


    Recently I received abuse on here including threats of police intervention when I criticised Rubyz for sexualizing the Titanic tragedy.

    I was cyber bullied and called all sorts of names inc stupid woman,bigot homophobe,trying to incite sexuality hatred and so on.

    It seemed to be taken for granted that the nightclub and the clubs patrons offensive/ entitled behaviour was not to be challenged in any way because the Bmth gay community had a politically mandated victim status and the state (services of the police) could be called in to intervene to silence me.

    Thats plain wrong.


    Cllr Anderson was venturing a legitimate view in a democratic society.

    All groups (excluding the very vulnerable ill disabled etc) should be subject to a degree of criticism without an automatic
    pc interpretation of prejudice and or bigotry.

    Britian is well known for championing the underdog, tolerance and compassion but this has been exploited and some minority groups are gaining unjust personal advantage, preferential treatment and political power."
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.

  • Enter the above word in the box below

Councillor suspended over Twitter remarks

Councillor suspended over Twitter remarks

Councillor suspended over Twitter remarks

First published in News by

A COUNCILLOR has suspended herself from the Conservative Party after saying online that nobody but the right wing English Defence League (EDL) “sticks up for the English”.

Bournemouth Conservative Sue Anderson has referred herself to her party’s disciplinary procedures and the standards board.

She made the comments on Twitter on Saturday night and her views were retweeted by more than 20 people.

The mum-of-four, who represents Moordown, was criticised by hundreds of people and labelled “shameful” by one Twitter user.

She told the Echo she did not support the EDL and that it was a throwaway remark made in anger late at night.

But the Conservative Party’s Dorset chairman, Bournemouth Cllr Nick King, told the Echo: “These kind of comments are completely unacceptable.”

Bournemouth’s Labour group leader Cllr Ben Grower said: “She should seriously consider her position.

“The Conservative Party has got to deal with this matter quickly and firmly.”

Cllr Anderson also tweeted to an account jointly run by a woman of Asian descent: “If you don’t like it here go back to where you came from.”

The EDL opposes “Islamic extremism” and its demonstrations have seen violent clashes with the police and anti-racism protesters.

Last year Prime Minister David Cameron said the EDL was “sick”.

Around 20 tweets were deleted from Cllr Anderson’s account yesterday afternoon and her picture was removed.

Asked about her tweet on an EDL St George’s Day demonstration she told the Echo: “To see English people waving English flags being held back by the police from a peaceful protest – I don’t agree with that.

“That said, I would say the same about the Scots and the Welsh and the Irish.”

Asked about the tweet saying “go back to where you came from”, she said: “I tweeted that? It doesn’t sound like me. I would say that to anybody, any English person that was living in Bournemouth.”

She also said: “I am not going to continue this conversation if you are going to try and make out I am some sort of racist because I am not.

“You are trying to make me out to be an EDL supporter and I am not an EDL supporter. I am a Conservative supporter and that’s it.”

She later released a statement saying she had not understood the “racist” views of the EDL and that she abhorred intolerance. She made an unreserved apology.

Comments (108)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree