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Here they go again from the Nasty Party(Roger Taylor)


Conservative councillor who called the Hillsborough report “politically correct” and the Stephen Lawrence inquiry a “joke” is facing an investigation into his conduct.

Roger Taylor’s remarks to Bradford charity Just will be probed by the Calderdale Council Standards Committee.

In the email he said the Hillsborough report was “overloaded with politically correct language”.

Mr Taylor said he sent the email personally and “not as a councillor”.

He said he did not want to comment further.

‘Absolutely appalled’

The charity was set up to fight racism and civil injustice.

It said it received Mr Taylor’s email after publishing an article on its website supporting the Hillsborough families’ call for the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Sir Norman Bettison, to resign and face criminal prosecution.

In the email, released by the charity, Mr Taylor said of the Hillsborough report: “Are you telling me that this report is not overloaded with politically correct language rather like the Stephen Lawrence ‘enquiry’ (a joke in itself) was?”

It said the organisation was “not fit to tie Sir Norman Bettison’s shoe laces… so how dare you call for his resignation”.

Mr Taylor’s email also said: “As racist and anti-American Muslims once again rail against the west with their vile language of death to infidels you choose to ignore that and concentrate on Sir Norman.”

Ratna Latchman, director of Just, defended the decision to publish the email.

She said: “As long as he was criticising us as an organisation we never went public with it but when as an elected representative he felt that he could undermine two public inquires that’s the point at which we were very clear it was in the public interest to expose this man.”

Tim Swift, Labour leader of the council, said he was “absolutely appalled” by the comments.

He said: “The concerning thing for me really is whether those accurately reflect his views and if they do they raise serious questions about his position.”

Yorkshire Tory Councillor Roger Taylor has whipped up a political storm after bombarding a human rights group with abusive emails.

In them, he dismissed the Stephen Lawrence inquiry as “a joke” and the new Hillsborough report as “overloaded with politically correct language.”

He also wrote: “Most acts of terrorism are committed by Muslims” and said of last year’s riots: “We know the vast number of vile and hatred riddled rioters were black or non-white.”

Mr Taylor is a member of Halifax-based Calderdale District Council in West Yorkshire.

Calderdale borders Bradford, the home of much-respected research and campaigning human rights group Just West Yorkshire, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

The group says it “promotes racial justice, civil liberties and human rights in the north of England.”

Mr Taylor’s latest email was sent after the group backed the Hillsborough families’ call for the resignation and prosecution of West Yorkshire Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison.

At the time Mr Bettison was in South Yorkshire Police and his own police authority has now called for the Independent Police Complaints to investigate his role in the disaster.

In the email Mr Taylor denigrates the Lawrence and Hillsborough inquiries, which prompted Just West Yorkshire to make the emails public.

Calderdale Labour Councillor Dave Young said Mr Taylor should resign “immediately” as he is bringing the council “into disrepute.”

And the council’s Labour group leader Tim Swift met interim chief executive Gordon Mitchell yesterday to discuss a response to Mr Taylor’s emails.

Just West Yorkshire director Ratna Lachman said: “Mr Taylor’s comments show a callous disregard for the plight of the Hillsborough families, who fought a 23-year-long campaign for the truth to emerge.

“As a Conservative councillor Mr Taylor must be aware that his own party leader (has) apologised for the double injustice that had been left uncorrected for so long.

“Mr Taylor compounds the offence by undermining the Stephen Lawrence inquiry report. It demonstrates a total disregard for the plight of black and minority ethnic murder victims whose cases have not been properly investigated due to institutionalised racism within the police service.”

Just West Yorkshire has written to the Prime Minister to complain about Mr Taylor’s behaviour.

When the Morning Star spoke to Mr Taylor he said: “Well for a start it was an email from my private account. It was not from my council account. I did not make it public. They have. That is all I have got to say.”

Tory group leader Stephen Baines could not be contacted for comment.

Taylor’s vile email in full

So is your ultra-left organization claiming that the police actually pushed into the terraces and suffocated the victims?

Are you telling me that this report is not overloaded with politically correct language rather like the Stephen Lawrence “enquiry” (a joke in itself) was?

You are not fit to tie Sir Norman Bettison’s shoe laces (I was on the WYPA for nearly three years by the way) so how dare you call for his resignation.

As racist and anti-American Muslims once again rail against the west with their vile language of death to infidels you choose to ignore that and concentrate on Sir Norman.

What a bunch you really are. If I thought you were getting tax-payers’ money I would be the first to secure its removal!

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