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Labour Candidate Calls on Lib Dem Response to Racially Aggravated Offence


Tuesday 11 March 2014

“There is no place for racially aggravated assault amongst our elected representatives”,
says Emily Brothers, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, following the conviction of Councillor Stephen Fenwick earlier this week.
Ms Brothers said:
“I’m alarmed that the Lib Dem Whip wasn’t relinquished until some considerable time after the incident.
“As a guilty plea was made, I don’t understand why the Lib Dems failed to act.
“I’m calling on the Lib Dems to explain how they have handled this matter.”
Ms Brothers, who has a policy and campaigning background on equality, added:
“I’m concerned that a Lib Dem Councillor has been convicted of assault and shocked that it should be racially motivated.
“It isn’t acceptable for a public figure to remain in office with such a serious conviction.
“I trust the matter will be considered by the Council’s Standards Committee.”

On 10/03/14 Councillor Stephen Fenwick, Worcester Park, was convicted by Westminster Magistrates for racially aggravated assault, receiving a year’s conditional discharge.
Councillor Fenwick was elected in 2010 and held the Lib Dem Whip until days before his conviction, yet remains in office with Independent status.
Ms Brothers has written to Ruth Dombey, Lib Dem Leader of Sutton Council, expressing her concern and asking that the matter be considered by the Standards Committee.

 

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