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COUNCILLORS BOYCOTT AWARD CEREMONY DUE TO RECIPIENTS SUPORT FOR s28

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The opposition Liberal Democrat group and some members of the ruling Labour group on Tower Hamlets LBC are to boyco...
The opposition Liberal Democrat group and some members of the ruling Labour group on Tower Hamlets LBC are to boycott a ceremony being held to award a former MP the freedom of the borough - because of his support for Section 28.

The East London Advertiser (p6) reports that Peter Shore, the former Labour MP for Stepney and Bethnal Green, voted against repeal of the clause in the recent house of lords vote on the Local Government Bill.

The boycott is being lead by Terry Stacy, a Liberal Democrat member, who said: 'I am appalled that a borough that prides itself on its stand on equality would award someone who had shown such contempt and disgust for equality of opportunity.'

He said he would be supported in the protest by all Lib Dem members but it was not clear how many Labour members would be backing the boycott.

Carol Hinvest, lead member for equalities and social exclusion, said: 'I will not be attending the ceremony because I don't feel it would be appropriate. I would not feel comfortable attending.'

But she said she was acting in a personal capacity and not as the lead member for equalities and it should not detract from the good work Lord Shore had done as an MP.

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