Labour councillors stand by outrageous councillor Chris Paul

Labour councillors are standing by Chris Paul after coming under fire from Manchester Gazette and Manchester Evening News.

Paul’s controversial comments included “Tory Jews”, “clotty period blood”, claiming a “b*tch” journalist “needs a slap” and describing women as “cows”, “slobs” and “c*nts”.

Mike Cordingley, a neighbouring councillor, defended Chris Paul retorting that he had “also done more to promote clean air, active travel and sustainable public transport than any other candidate across GM.”

John Hacking, another councillor in Manchester, brushed the comments aside saying it was “just a twitter storm” and that he had “no opinion really”.

As of yet, no Labour councillor has publicly condemned the comments.

Mr Paul has already apologised. 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.”

Chris Paul is standing for re-election in Withington ward of Manchester City Council in the local elections on 3rd May 2018.