The Standards Committee at Hertsmere Borough Council (HBC) will carry out an independent investigation into the conduct of conservative borough councillor Anthony Spencer at a hustings last year.
Holly Kal-Weiss, the Labour candidate for Hertsmere at last year’s General Election, lodged a complaint regarding councillor Spencer’s antics during a hustings held on December 2 at Radlett United Synagogue.
She said that Spencer made “derogatory and discriminatory remarks” about her, and that he had a photograph on his phone of her which he used to accompany false information.
The incident in question was partially filmed during a live stream of the hustings – the conservative councillor seemingly caused an uproar when he shouted that Mrs Kal-Weiss wasn’t British. Mrs Kal-Weiss was originally from America, but has lived in the UK for 30 years.
Cllr Spencer then allegedly tried to make an issue of an old photo of Holly Kal-Weiss at a woman’s march in Washington where the person next to her had a Palestinian flag.
Cllr Spencer denied any wrong-doing shortly after the incident, while eventual election winner, Conservative Oliver Dowden MP, said he disagreed with cllr Spencer’s views on Mrs Kal-Weiss’ nationality.
A date for the investigation has not yet been disclosed.
RadlettNews reached out to cllr Spencer for comment, but he has yet to respond.