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CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS: Councillor to be investigated for hustings remarks

 Published on: 23rd June 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

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.

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