Former Lowestoft mayor apologises after sharing post from pro-Tommy Robinson Facebook page
PUBLISHED: 15:47 05 October 2018
The former mayor of Lowestoft has apologised after accidentally sharing an abusive far-right post from the pro-Tommy Robinson Facebook page ‘SAVE Our Country’.
Nick Webb, who served as mayor twice in 2012 and 2016, said he meant “no offence whatsoever” and said he had not checked where the original source had come from before sharing the post.
Mr Webb sits as an independent councillor on Waveney District Council for Whitton after resigning from the Conservative party earlier this year.
Around midnight on Saturday, September 29, Mr Webb shared a picture of Jeremy Corbyn with a photoshopped sign stating “If I ever get in power, your[sic] all ******”, posted by SAVE Our Country.
The page states it was set up to “save our country from an invasion of illegals and the so called ‘refugees’, ‘migrants’ etc that are not entering our country legally and are not all asylum seekers”.
The group, which shares inflammatory anti-Muslim stories and posts, also posts regularly in support of far-right populist and English Defence League co-founder and former leader, Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.
Mr Webb said: “I should be more careful, I fully take that on board. It was a view expressed not realising where it had originally come from.
“I didn’t know where it had come from at all. I distance myself from that organisation as far the other side as I can get.
“I don’t think that Jeremy Corbyn should be prime minister of this country any more than Theresa May should be.”
He added: “It is a disgraceful organisation, absolutely, that has no place in today’s society as far as I am concerned. There is no place for that sort of behaviour.
“I apologise for any offence caused.”
Leader of the Waveney Labour group, Peter Byatt, said the language used on the post was “inappropriate”.
He said: “Bearing in mind previous issues with ill-thought out comments on social media, we were disappointed to see such language used by an elected representative and directed at our own party leader.
“Regardless of people’s opinion about him this sort of language is not appropriate about any politician. It is not the sort of thing locally we recognises as appropriate language from any party.”
Independent group leader Stephen Ardley said: “If he [Nick] has apologised for it I am satisfied with that as it is not in his character to do something like that.”