Calls for disgraced Labour councillor to stand down amid flurry of online abuse
There are discussions about whether a disgraced Labour councillor should stand down ahead of this year’s local elections after a series of deeply offensive online comments were uncovered.
The shocking posts included comments about “Tory Jews”, “clotty period blood” and claiming a “b*tch” journalist “needs a slap.”
The Labour Party have received a number of formal complaints about Chris Paul, a Labour councillor in Manchester since 2011, after comments describing women as “cows”, “slobs” and “b*tches” surfaced.
Paul has been an approved Labour candidate since at least 2006 and an elected Manchester councillor since 2011.
Other appalling comments described women as cows and b*tches, the frequent use of ‘twat’ and ‘c*nt’, whilst others encouraged physical violence against women.
In a post to a female peer, he corrected his post from suggesting she should give someone “a punch” to a “slap” instead.
In other posts directed at women, he introduces one as “that little cow”, whilst another is “utterly illiterate or writing grade [of] a weasel”.
Shortly after the 2010 General Election, he tweeted election candidate Lucy Powell and future Labour leader Ed Miliband, that “a slap for Leech [a Lib Dem MP] would also be nice” and described him as a “twat”.
One tweet said of award-winning English broadcaster, journalist and author, Terry Christian; “No point expecting anything else” other than a “cheeky little c*ck”.
Talking about American sprinter, he reminisced about the time “Google bot would change Tyson Gay’s name to Tyson Homosexual”.
One shared post described British journalist, Jan Moir, as a “b*tch” and claimed she “needed a slap. Fact.” He later shared another post that read: “Jan Moir manages to walk the difficult tightrope between being a b*tch and a c*nt.”
In another he calls a USN Veteran an “eejit” and speculates about “how tiny his d*ck is” and describes a BBC Question Time participant as a “kinky twat”.
After a Manchester resident questioned his behaviour online he claimed that the comments were “put there” without his permission, whilst the screenshots were “Photoshopped or similar.”
He threatened libel and legal action several times in an attempt to intimidate the user into removing the posts.
Mr Paul has since stopped commenting on the offending posts after the resident linked back to the tweets which were still live on his profile and issued an apology.
He said: “I would like to apologise for any offence caused by postings that I tweeted or retweeted before I came on the council or more recently as a councillor.
“Many of these were done when I was a private citizen and twitter was in its infancy.
“It is clear that I exercised bad judgement on occasions and I will not repeat this in future.”
A spokesman for the Manchester Labour group said: “He has been given a first and final warning for the tones of these tweets. These postings are not acceptable from a Labour councillor in Manchester.”
The national Labour party is also investigation following a number of complaints.
A Labour Party spokesperson said: “The Labour Party takes any complaints of online abuse extremely seriously. All complaints are fully investigated in line with our procedures.”
But some Twitter users are not so keen to let this lie, one local resident said: “To just give him a ‘warning’ is to essentially endorse this behaviour. He does not represent Labour values and should be suspended.”
Chris Paul is standing for re-election in Withington ward of Manchester City Council in the local elections on 3rd May 2018.