A Tory councillor who left a vile homophobic rant on the voicemail of a bisexual man has been cleared of misconduct in a shock ruling by Thanet Council. Despite being cautioned by police for the incident, Ken Gregory was let off by the standards committee because he was “acting privately”.
Ken Gregory told independent councillor John Warrow’s on May 18:
“with a bit of luck you’ll get Aids”.
The ruling that Gregory was acting in a personal capacity is bizarre — given that the message was thought to be linked to the Council voting to support equal marriage, only the second in England to do so after Southwark. In addition to being cautioned by police, Gregory was was suspended from the ruling Conservative group on Thanet council for six months.
Sickeningly, this is by no means an isolated incident.
A Labour councillor for Thanet was given a harassment warning last month after describing another colleague as a “shirt-lifting gender bender”.