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Selby Labour Candidate Apologises After Calling Opponents "Fascists"


6:19pm 26th September 2013
(Updated 1:17pm 27th September 2013)

Rodney Price, the Labour candidate for the Selby South by-election for North Yorkshire County Council, has apologised after sending a tweet calling his opponents "fascist".

The candidate, who was tweeting under the @RedRod1 account, sent this tweet last Sunday night.

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His account was shut down on Thursday but it's not clear if the candidate and current Selby District councillor closed it himself or it was closed by Twitter.

Minster FM has tried to contact Rodney Price for an interview but he has e-mailed across the following statement:

"I apologise unreservedly for the wholly unacceptable language I used, it was a spur of the moment tweet written in the heat of a by-election, meant to be taken in jest, but I understand it was highly misjudged and I deeply regret any offence caused"

But it's not clear if that will be the end of the matter, Conservative councillor Richard Musgrave spoke to Minster FM before the apology was issued and said it could now be a matter for the police.

We've been trying to get hold of Labour candidate Rodney Price's opponents, Mike Jordan (Conservative) and David McSherry (Independent) for their reaction, so far unsuccessfully.

We were able to speak to the UKIP candidate Colin Heath who told us, he's shocked by the tweet.


Conservative candidate Mike Jordan says he wants to concentrate on the campaign.

Independent David McSherry says he was surprised by the tweet.

Selby and Ainsty MP Nigel Adams said it's a new low for local politics in Selby.

The Selby South by-election for North Yorkshire County Council will take place on October 10th, caused by the death of Councillor Margaret Hulme.

The candidates at the election are:

  • Colin Heath, UKIP
  • Mike Jordan, Conservative
  • David McSherry, Independent
  • Rodney Price, Labour
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