Councillor's tweet prompts Baldry complaint to Miliband

Sir Tony Baldry

Sir Tony Baldry

First published in News
Last updated

BANBURY MP Sir Tony Baldry has written to Labour leader Ed Miliband complaining about a tweet posted by an Oxfordshire councillor.

Labour county councillor for Banbury Calthorpe Mark Cherry’s feed posted a message on social networking website Twitter, which compared the Conservative Party’s employment and housing policy to Nazi Germany’s treatment of the Jews.

Sir Tony, right, said the post “intolerably seeks to trivialise the horrors of the Holocaust” and has asked Mr Miliband whether Mr Cherry should have the Labour whip.

Writing to the Labour leader, the Banbury MP said: “During the 30 years in which I have been a Member of Parliament, I have always sought to treat my political opponents, both in the constituency, and at Westminster, with respect which I hope is mutual.

“I am thus sad that I have to draw to your attention the conduct of a local Labour councillor, conduct that demonstrates lack of tolerance, insensitivity, very bad taste and intolerably seeks to trivialise the Holocaust.”

Mr Cherry, who was elected at last year’s county council elections, told the Oxford Mail his account had been hacked.

He said: “I apologise for any offence caused. It has been dealt with now.”

The Labour Party did not return the Oxford Mail’s call.

Oxfordshire County Council has said it has received no official complaints about Mr Cherry.

  • Our top stories:

Dagenham draw leaves Oxford United boss with mixed emotions

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Monday 1st September 2014

MICHAEL Appleton admitted he had never seen a game so wide open as Oxford United got off the mark with a topsy-turvy 3-3 draw at home to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Two-month amnesty for Oxford council tenants who sublet illegally

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

9:00am Monday 1st September 2014

Council tenants illegally subletting their homes are being given the chance to hand back the keys without prosecution.

Grandfather killed in Isle of Man motorbike crash 'died doing what he loved'

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 1st September 2014

A former Formula 1 mechanic and Eynsham driving instructor has been killed in a motorbike crash on the Isle of Man.

Police to warn students of 'legal high' risks

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Monday 1st September 2014

NEW students are to be warned by police about the dangers of so-called legal highs.

Theatrical costume charity faces final curtain after 46 years

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 1st September 2014

Wanted: a new home for 7,000 costumes, accessories and props, 3,000sq m or more.

Pub is forced to close after brawls and drug incidents

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 1st September 2014

AN OXFORD pub shut its doors for the last time on Saturday after recent incidents involving violence and drug use.

Campaigner delighted at £160m boost to cancer drug fund

Oxford Mail: Prime Minister David Cameron meeting cancer campaigner Clive Stone in 2010. Picture: Andrew Parsons

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

Cancer campaigner Clive Stone has welcomed news of a £160m boost to a drug fund set up following his fight for drug treatment.

Paedophile is jailed for plan to watch rape

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

A paedophile who planned to watch the “depraved” rape and sexual abuse of a young girl has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

d’Overbroecks School keen to make use of Oxford's old Masonic lodge

Oxford Mail: The former Masonic Lodge in Banbury Road

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

Oxford's former Masonic lodge could be turned into a school building.

This year's Bunkfest puts others in the shade

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

AS some of the last rays of summer sun beat down on Oxfordshire at the weekend, thousands turned out to celebrate the 13th annual BunkFest in Wallingford.

Musicians strike last blow of the year for Carterton bandstand

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

The sound of a traditional British summer was played out in Carterton yesterday as the town bandstand hosted its final show for the year.

Oxfordshire 'Oyster' mired in debate over technology

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

AN OYSTER-style travel card for Oxfordshire is being hampered by technology wrangles, it has been claimed.

Deal in pipeline to end row over rent rise at Oxford's Covered Market

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Monday 1st September 2014

An agreement could soon be struck to end the dispute over rent rises at Oxford’s Covered Market.

Ethics of war to be discussed at church assemblies

Oxford Mail: WAR ZONE: A scene from the new ten-part television series The Pacific that looks at the story of young US soldiers fighting the Japanese

6:30am Monday 1st September 2014

THE ethics of war will be discussed as part of a church’s plans to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Comments (7)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:04am Wed 21 May 14

Quentin Walker says...

"...The Labour Party did not return the Oxford Mail’s call...."

Bad manners again, but far too busy framing UKIP, probably.
"...The Labour Party did not return the Oxford Mail’s call...." Bad manners again, but far too busy framing UKIP, probably. Quentin Walker
  • Score: 0

9:15am Wed 21 May 14

Major Rhode-Werks says...

He says his account was hacked - will shortly blame UKIP for that most probably. These people really aren't worthy of office
He says his account was hacked - will shortly blame UKIP for that most probably. These people really aren't worthy of office Major Rhode-Werks
  • Score: 4

9:52am Wed 21 May 14

snert says...

Pathetic tittle-tattle which demonstrates that all parties focus too much on trying to publicly shame or embarass each other than actually do any real work. This sort of childish primary school blabber seems to escalate around election times.

Grow up.
Pathetic tittle-tattle which demonstrates that all parties focus too much on trying to publicly shame or embarass each other than actually do any real work. This sort of childish primary school blabber seems to escalate around election times. Grow up. snert
  • Score: 1

11:15am Wed 21 May 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

I wouldn't say he was trying to trivialise the holocaust, he was merely highlighting the similarities between the current government's policies, and those of the Nazi party
I wouldn't say he was trying to trivialise the holocaust, he was merely highlighting the similarities between the current government's policies, and those of the Nazi party Dilligaf2010
  • Score: -1

11:26am Wed 21 May 14

Major Rhode-Werks says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
I wouldn't say he was trying to trivialise the holocaust, he was merely highlighting the similarities between the current government's policies, and those of the Nazi party
Similarities??? I'm sure most people living in Nazi Germany would have welcomed a Tory government or something similar had they been given the choice
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't say he was trying to trivialise the holocaust, he was merely highlighting the similarities between the current government's policies, and those of the Nazi party[/p][/quote]Similarities??? I'm sure most people living in Nazi Germany would have welcomed a Tory government or something similar had they been given the choice Major Rhode-Werks
  • Score: 4

12:22pm Wed 21 May 14

Quentin Walker says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
I wouldn't say he was trying to trivialise the holocaust, he was merely highlighting the similarities between the current government's policies, and those of the Nazi party
But it wasn't him, don't forget, his account was hacked...
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't say he was trying to trivialise the holocaust, he was merely highlighting the similarities between the current government's policies, and those of the Nazi party[/p][/quote]But it wasn't him, don't forget, his account was hacked... Quentin Walker
  • Score: 4

4:54pm Wed 21 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

In Oxford(shire) it's the CPRE that is most ferocious when it comes to controlling housing...

The CPRE has very strong links with the Green party locally.
In Oxford(shire) it's the CPRE that is most ferocious when it comes to controlling housing... The CPRE has very strong links with the Green party locally. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 0

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