Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

BRADFORD'S COMMUNITY COHESION TORY REMAINS DESPITE NAZI SALUTE

  • Comment
The Conservative Party is refusing to sack Bradford MDC's executive member for community cohesion after he made a N...
The Conservative Party is refusing to sack Bradford MDC's executive member for community cohesion after he made a Nazi salute and shouted 'Sieg Heil' at a German-born councillor during a meeting.

Simon Cooke resigned as deputy leader of the council after last Tuesday's outburst. But, with the support of local and national Tories, he has held onto his corporate and regeneration portfolio, which includes the community cohesion brief.

Community cohesion is particularly sensitivity in Bradford, scene of race riots in 2001.

Lynne Joyce (Lab), the target of Mr Cooke's gesture, which followed a speech she had given on community safety, said: 'I can only think he did it because I was born in Germany.

'How can you trust anyone to be in charge of community relations when they are prepared to do that in a public council meeting in front of hundreds of people?'

Mr Cooke's gesture comes less than two months before the Conservative-minority administration goes to the polls against a Labour group with more seats.

But with Labour calling for his resignation from the executive, Mr Cooke has received the backing of leader Margaret Eaton and Tory local government spokesman Eric Pickles, a former leader of Bradford.

Mr Pickles admitted Mr Cooke's behaviour had come at a sensitive time, ahead of the 10 June election.

He said: 'There are things you shouldn't do. But I think he should be given another chance - we all make mistakes.'

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.