A prominent member of the Conservative Party’s youth wing has finally apologised for a racist blog post after being slammed by a charity. Steven George-Hilley’s blog London Spin last week published an article entitled Young Tory: Gypos Mugged me on King’s Road, which contained references to “gypsy magic” and was accompanied by a photograph of a black and white minstrel.
Pictured above at a campaign launch event in CCHQ, George-Hilley is one of the party’s leading organisers in London. He is married to Cllr Clare Hilley, the deputy chairman of Conservative Future reportedly feted by David Cameron to improve the Tories’ standing with women voters.
When sent a copy of the London Spin post, a spokesperson from the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit was disgusted:
“The tone and language used in this piece sadly reflects the level of ignorance and racism and that Gypsies and Travellers routinely face. We can all agree that theft is unacceptable, but does the editor of London Spin agree that racism towards Gypsies and Travellers is also unacceptable?”
Having hung up on us last Friday, George-Hilley spent the bank holiday weekend trying to ignore the row. Baseless legal threats were sent to Scrapbook from an internet hostname beginning “steveng” warning of a high court writ and “substantial asset seizure”.
Rather than respond directly to the charity’s question, however, the disgraced blogger has finally issued a lukewarm apology:
“The editorial team … sends sincere apologies to those who were offended and has agreed to make a donation to the relevant party for an undisclosed amount.”
Looks like he can forget about joining his wife on the 2015 A-list.