Conservative Party expels councillor for BNP links

The BBC reports:

A Conservative councillor has been expelled from the party after it emerged he had formerly been an activist for the BNP.

Stephen Goldsack was listed as the far-right party’s “Scottish security adviser” in 2011, and was pictured holding its manifesto.

He was elected as a Scottish Conservative councillor in North Lanarkshire last year.

Stephen Goldsack had hit the news recently after objecting to a planning application for a mosque. In response to complaints that he made a racist comment about it, he had said, “There’s no way I’m a racist”.

Expulsion seems quite right in this case. Labour’s decision in another disciplinary case, however is more questionable: making a comment about sticking a noose around the neck of a female politician doesn’t count as grounds for disciplinary action:

An employee of the Labour Party chairman escaped disciplinary action after saying Theresa May “would look better with a noose around her neck”.

Paul Robertson, who works as an assistant to Ian Lavery in his Wansbeck constituency, posted a photograph of the prime minister on his Facebook page on Saturday… Underneath, one of Mr Robertson’s Facebook friends commented: “Do you have to keep putting pictures up of that ugly harridan.” Mr Robertson responded: “She would look better with a noose around her neck.” [The Times]


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