Councillor criticised for saying he wouldn’t vote for the ‘English’

Welsh councillor responsible for ‘public protection’ refuses to apologise after saying he wouldn’t vote for the ‘English, a woman or a gay’

  • Geraint Thomas, is an independent councillor for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, in Wales
  • He made the post a year before he ran as an independent in council elections
  • He won a seat in Cyfarthfa ward with 1,369 votes and is a cabinet member
  • Mr Thomas, 62, insisted it was ‘just banter’ and refused to apologise

A veteran councillor in a Welsh town has been blasted for saying he wouldn’t vote for anyone who is ‘English, a woman or gay.’

Geraint Thomas – who is now Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and public protection- is refusing to apologise for the message on Facebook. 

The post said: ‘Just call me old-fashioned, but I won’t vote for anyone who doesn’t live in our constituency, or English, a woman or gay!! Does that leave me with anyone to vote for lol.’

 The Facebook post by Geraint Thomas (pictured) read: ‘Just call me old-fashioned, but I won’t vote for anyone who doesn’t live in our constituency, or English, a woman or gay!! Does that leave me with anyone to vote for lol’

He made the post a year before Mr Thomas ran as an independent for a seat in the council elections for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council – winning a seat in his Cyfarthfa ward with 1,369 votes. 


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The message was brought to the attention of Andrew Morgan, the Labour leader in neighbouring Rhondda Cynon Taf.

He said it was ‘not really appropriate for a cabinet member and at least a public apology should have been given.’

The 62-year-old independent councillor has refused to apologise and claimed it was ‘just banter’

Mr Thomas said: ‘It may have been posted in jest, but it’s not really the sort of thing that someone who wants to represent a community should do.’

 The 62-year-old, insisted it was ‘just banter’ and refused to apologise – he did however appear to change his opinion.

He said: ‘I hadn’t got any thoughts of doing anything political at the time.

‘I’d be happy to vote for a woman or someone who’s gay if I thought they were the best candidate.’

He added that he wouldn’t repeat his comments now that he’s in public office.

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