I have just heard the shocking news that my colleague Thanet Councillor, John Worrow, has received a homophobic death threat in the post. I understand that he has reported this threat to the Police. This latest incident follows a nasty homophobic telephone message left on John’s phone last year, in which Thanet Councillor Ken Gregory said “I hope you get AIDs”. Gregory was cautioned by the Police.
Like John or loathe him. Thanet Councillors cannot stand by and allow an elected representative to face unprecedented abuse and threats.
I call on the Leader of Thanet Council, Clive Hart, the Leader of the Opposition Bob Bayford and the leaders of the Independent groups to prepare a joint statement signed by all their Councillors which condemns homophobic threats and abuse.
As one of the first Council’s in England and the only Council in Kent to have voted to support equal marriage, we can no longer stay silent in the face of bigotry and threats of violence or death. Enough is enough.
Councillor Ian Driver