Race storm Labour MP posts sick sketch of man hang­ing from Tory tree

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Claire El­li­cott Po­lit­i­cal Cor­re­spon­dent

A LABOUr Mp who trig­gered a race row also pub­lished a pic­ture of a stick man hang­ing from the tree in the Con­ser­va­tive logo, it emerged last night.

emma dent Coad re­port­edly posted the im­age on her blog in 2010, ex­plain­ing she was set­ting up a Face­book group to find a ‘new tory logo’.

One tory Mp, Kemi Bade­noch, sug­gested that the fig­ure looked like a black per­son be­ing hanged and crit­i­cised the draw­ing as not ‘be­com­ing of an Mp’. It came af­ter Miss dent Coad was con­demned this week for call­ing a tory can­di­date a ‘to­ken ghetto boy’.

Mrs Bade­noch and fel­low tory James Clev­erly wrote to Jeremy Cor­byn de­mand­ing he take ac­tion fol­low­ing her com­ments about for­mer david Cameron ad­viser Shaun Bai­ley.

Miss dent Coad also re­ferred to him as a ‘scum­bag’ and a ‘low life on a blog in 2010. In a let­ter to the Labour leader, the tory Mps said: ‘Your fail­ure to con­demn her com­ments is both dis­ap­point­ing and con­cern­ing. Your si­lence is dis­ap­point­ing be­cause it gives the im­pres­sion that you are com­fort­able with the com­ments she made.

‘It is con­cern­ing be­cause it re­in­forces our be­lief that there are too many peo­ple in the Labour party who see Con­ser­va­tives from BAMe [black, Asian and mi­nor­ity eth­nic] back­grounds as “traitors” and le­git­i­mate tar­gets for abuse.’

they also asked Mr Cor­byn why she had been se­lected as a can­di­date given that the posts were pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble on her blog. de­mand­ing ‘ur­gent’ ac­tion, they asked whether the mat­ter would be in­ves­ti­gated and whether she would be sus­pended.

de­spite their strong words, there was no com­ment from the Labour party or Miss dent Coad’s of­fice last night, though Mr Cor­byn’s of­fice is­sued a state­ment. But she has not been sus­pended.

In the let­ter, which was sent yes­ter­day morn­ing, the Mps also high­lighted ‘in­ac­cu­rate and in­sult­ing’ com­ments made by Labour Mp Clive Lewis. Mr Lewis tweeted on Mon­day night: ‘If you think you can fight racism and be in the tory party then I guess this con­ver­sa­tion isn’t go­ing to go very far.’

Mr Bai­ley has al­ready called for Mr Cor­byn to sus­pend Miss dent Coad, say­ing her com­ments were ‘racist and hate-filled’. He said: ‘dur­ing my time in pol­i­tics I have dealt with prej­u­dice and at­tacks from hard-line groups, in­clud­ing the BNp, but not once have I been la­belled a “to­ken ghetto boy”.’

In blog posts, Miss dent Coad re­ferred to Mr Bai­ley as a ‘low life’ and a ‘freeload­ing scum­bag’ while he was con­test­ing the Ham­mer­smith con­stituency for the tories in 2010. She wrote: ‘One day he is the “to­ken ghetto boy” stand­ing be­hind david Cameron, the next “look­ing in­ter­ested” be­side Ge­orge Os­borne. ever felt used?’

Miss dent Coad, who be­came the first Labour Mp for Kens­ing­ton at the gen­eral elec­tion in June, added: ‘Who can say where this man will ever fit in, how­ever hard he tries?’

Yes­ter­day, she told the BBC: ‘If [Mr Bai­ley] is of­fended, I apol­o­gise.’

Mr Cor­byn’s spokesman said: ‘Jeremy is op­posed to all of­fen­sive lan­guage and be­lieves we should treat each other with re­spect.’

‘Not be­com­ing of an MP’

Con­demned: Emma Dent Coad

Poor taste: Im­age posted on­line

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