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CONTROVERSIAL COUNCILLOR GIVEN FREEDOM OF CITY OF LONDON

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A Tory councillor branded as racist has been granted the freedom of the City of London, reports the East Anglian Da...
A Tory councillor branded as racist has been granted the freedom of the City of London, reports the East Anglian Daily Times (p1).

Tendring district councillor Philip Vanner sparked outrage earlier this year when he tried to block a council bid to attract ethnic minority day-trippers to Clacton with leaflets printed in languages such as Punjabi. Mr Vanner warned the move would lead to 'blood on the beaches.'

Mr Vanner said after collecting his award in the Chamberlain's Courtroom at the Guildhall said: 'This was totally unexpected. I feel very honoured.'

The move was attacked by Indian born Tendring rail worker Lindsay Gueiseler. 'Can you imagine how blacks and Asians in London are going to feel about this man being given the freedom of their city?' he told the EADT.
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