Police probe councillor’s ‘ anti- Muslim’ retweets
Local Conservative politician already suspended by party
A SOLIHULL councillor who retweeted a slew of inflammatory anti- Muslim rants is now being investigated by police over allegations of hate crime.
West Midlands Police have confirmed they have received a complaint following retweets on Twitter made by Solihull Borough councillor Jeff Potts.
He had already been suspended by his own Conservative group.
He re- tweeted comments made by other individuals such as: “Deport and repatriate all Muslims from the UK or watch terrorists kill innocent people for generations to come.”
He also retweeted: “You’ve clearly not experienced the Pakistani hospitality, having a daughter raped by men who think she’s ‘ white trash’.
All the controversial comments have now been deleted.
Omar Khan, from Kings Heath, who works with organisation MEND, which tries encourage British Muslims within local communities to be more actively involved in politics, made the complaint and will be interviewed by officers this week. He also organised an online petition calling for the councillor to resign.
He said: “His comments only further divide the tight- knit Birmingham and Solihull commu- nity. I organised the petition because although I respect freedom of speech, I think an elected official should remain impartial to those he represents and not try to divide the community.
“Rather he should try to unit and find a common ground.
“I would like to invite Jeff Potts to come and learn about us more.”
Formerly a member of the Labour Party, Coun Potts, who represents the leafy ward of Knowle, has been on the Soli- hull authority since May, 2012. He is vice chairman of the council planning committee and also sits on the licensing committee, airport working party and safer Solihull board.
He has an exemplary attendance record of 86 per cent.
Coun Potts said he did not wish to comment.
At the time he was suspended by the Conservative Group he said: “I have no comment on that at all.
“My public page states I don’t endorse retweets.”
That means he does not support the views stated.
Cllr Potts did, however, explain that the tweets were briefly displayed as a matter of freedom speech. He said he “certainly did not” agree with those views.
A West Midlannds Police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that Solihull Police have received an allegation of hate crime.
“An appointment has been made with the complainant and enquiries are on- going.”
One of the messages retweeted by Solihull Conservative Councillor Jeff Potts which has caused controversy
Councillor Jeff Potts