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HAGUE PROBES TORY YOUTH LEADER ACCUSED OF RACIST CAMPAIGN AGAINST COUNCIL

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William Hague is under pressure to sack the newly-appointed head of the Tory youth wing over allegations that he is...
William Hague is under pressure to sack the newly-appointed head of the Tory youth wing over allegations that he is running a racist campaign against political refugees, reported The Observer (p5). Conservative Central Office confirmed that it has opened an inquiry following a formal complaint from the Commission for Racial Equality about the 'Fulham Homes for Fulham People' campaign led by Tory councillors Donal Blaney and Greg Hands.

One leaflet accused Hamersmith and Fulham LBC of denying a council house to a 'local mum' whose place had been taken by 'asylum seekers'. 'The council couldn't care less whether you've lived five minutes or 20 years in Fulham', it said.

Mr Blaney, a 25-year-old lawyer, was appointed by former party chairman Lord Parkinson to head Conservative Future, the new organisation set up by William Hague to draw thousands of young professionals into the party, fulfilling his boast that by the next general election, half the membership will be aged under 40.

Hammersmith and Fulham Labour MP Iain Coleman said of the leaflet and claims about preference being given to asylum seekers: 'This claim is simply not true. Councils are legally barred from housing asylum seekers in permanent accomodation so this statement is total and complete rubbish'.
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