Yesterday we published leaflets produced by Nottingham Labour which urged voters to reject plans for an elected mayor by focussing on the BNP and the EDL. These leaflets received a great deal of criticism.
Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council, has responded, telling LabourList:
“A small run of leaflets were produced and intended to highlight the fact that firstly, in Nottingham the BNP is backing a yes vote, but more importantly that in other cities far right candidates have become Mayors, such as Peter Davies in Doncaster (an example we have sighted on previous leaflets to all voters). A Mayoral election would provide a platform never seen before in Nottingham for the BNP and their racist views. It is one of the many reasons we think a Mayor for Nottingham would be a bad for the City, all of which we’ve been explaining to the people of Nottingham in leaflets and on doorsteps. The leaflet was never intended to offend and we simply to attempting to raise awareness.”