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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