Councillor's tweet prompts Baldry complaint to Miliband

Sir Tony Baldry

Sir Tony Baldry

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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.

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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
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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
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