Liberal Democrats across the North East have gone into hiding over Islamophobic comments from one of their own candidates, with the local MP, MEP and chair of the regional party refusing to say whether they still support the so-called “Redcar racist” Dave Stones, who ranted that a topless bar and pork restaurant should be built next to a mosque.
Despite having signed an EDM against racism in football and criticising the BNP’s racist policies, Redcar MP Ian Swales has kept a damning silence over Stones’ remarks, despite being contacted by both Scrapbook and concerned constituents. While his office claimed he was “on holiday”, Liberal Democrat MEP Fiona Hall, and regional boss Frank Hindle have not responded to verbal and written requests to comment.
Frantically attempting to save his candidacy, Dave Stones has attempted to suggested that statements can magically appear under his name on Facebook without him posting them. He told Scrapbook yesterday:
“I’ve heard about the comments but I’ve not seen them.”
Indulging this fantasy further in a statement this afternoon, he claims.
“Someone forwarded me a Facebook status that is clearly in poor taste and instead of deleting it as I should of done I kept it on my page.”
Holidaying MP Swales has a surgery scheduled for tomorrow morning so we expect to be hearing from him shortly.
[update id=”region” time=”17:17″ text=”Since this post was written we have received a statement from the region which says: We welcome Mr Stones’ unreserved apology and acceptance that the comments he copied and pasted were completely unacceptable.”]