Tory councillor suspended over “foreign names” slur

Orpington Conservative Councillor Peter Hobbins has been suspended resigned from the party after criticising candidates with foreign names – and Central Office for picking them.

As News Shopper reports, Councillor Hobbins wrote:

“Not one of them has a ‘normal’ English name.

“They want to be the PPCs for Orpington and asked me for my personal advice on how they would be the best candidates for the Orpington Constituency. My view? For hells sake.

“Why are the Candidates Department so keen on these foreign names?!!!!

“The candidates department are simply rushing these names through.

“They have absolutely no idea about how Associations are organised and have ZERO experience of political campaigning.

“Their emails are PATHETIC.”

“Maybe I should change my name to something foreign – how does Petrado Indiano Hobbinso sound to you?!”

Two emails were apparently sent in the early hours of Thursday morning, highlighting the dangers of emailing when you’re tired and, possibly, emotional.

Orpington Conservatives select their parliamentary candidate on 11th December.

UPDATE 8.25am, 21st Nov: A double shock.  ConservativeHome reports that Cllr Hobbins has now resigned from the Conservative party, and  new reporter Newshound is already in the doghouse after an incident with Pink Dog we don’t intend to detail on a family website.  Newshound will return shortly, behaviour permitting.

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in News.
Bookmark the web address for this page or use the short url http://ldv.org.uk/16886 for Twitter and emails.

5 Comments

  • Herbert Brown 20th Nov '09 - 9:54pm

    If only I hadn’t heard similar comments while stuffing target letters … !

  • Martin Land 21st Nov '09 - 1:41am

    I just remind people that to my Celtic ancestors, Smith was a very strange foreign sounding name…

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?




Recent Comments

  • User AvatarGwyn Williams 22nd Aug - 1:13am
    As a family living in Wales we have had too much experience of CAMHS. Much depends on the clinical psychologist involved. For my son who...
  • User AvatarGalen Milne 22nd Aug - 12:54am
    Here we are within "touching distance" of getting Home Rule with the prospect of a federal UK to follow when ultimately England will eventuality "see...
  • User AvatarGalen Milne 22nd Aug - 12:41am
    I don't respect Alex Salmond and I abhor nationalism as a narrow minded credentials that across the world has wrecked misery and havoc wherever its...
  • User AvatarDenis Mollison 22nd Aug - 12:26am
    My thanks to all for their coments, and particular thanks to David-1 for expanding on what I said about ethical values and the UDHR so...
  • User AvatarNorman Fraser 21st Aug - 10:46pm
    Caron, the Liberal Democrats in government have done a good number of things that make my "liberal collies wobble". In fact, they've done a considerable...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 21st Aug - 10:06pm
    Lin, I respect you and John both. We're all liberals and we have to come to our own conclusions on this very important vote. Because...