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UK: Councillor quits Labour Party after calling colleague ‘queer’

  • Jen

    I see they are now sitting as “Rochdale First” party councillors. Presumably the full party name being “Rochdale first, homophobia second” :D

  • Stephen

    He belongs in the Tory Party – a majority of that party are extremist homophobic scum who believe that gay peope are subhuman, undeserving of equal civil rights.
    Why this website supports the Tory Party is completely incomprehensible.
    Why would this website support a party which hates the readers and writers of this website?

    • Halou

      I suspect this site is pro-Cameron more than it is pro-Tory, but I get your point.
      The Prime Minister has often out performed his own party in opinion polls.

    • David H

      Unfortunately, in my personal experience, a lot of grass-routes Labour supporters and local councillors share similar views to Councillor Ahmed.

      • Mark Y

        That may be so, but you’re not suggesting that the majority of Labour MP’s are homophobic bigots are you? And if so, what do you base that on? I can tell you that the majority of Tory MP’s are homophobic bigots, and I base that on the way they voted in the equal marriage debate.

        • David H

          Not at all, Mark – I was quite explicit in referring to my personal experience of grass route supporters and local councillors (and by no means tarring all of them with the same brush).

          The Parliamentary Labour Party, in the main, is very progressive; however, there seems to be a split at the grass routes levels between between similarly progressive thinking and the party’s own dinosaurs (Labour too has its very own swivel eyed loons – thankfully in smaller numbers than the Tories).

      • john lyttle

        You should hear them on the subject of women too David. Not pretty.

    • rammyman

      Stephen, so it’s ok to call someone “scum” but not “queer” ???

      • Dolly Digest

        It is all about context – scum is not a biological or innate trait, nor is it a disability or belief system. The statement was that he is ‘homophobic scum’, which is accurate, because if you are homophobic, racist or misogynist then you are indeed scum.

        • de Villiers

          Glad you’ve cleared that up.

    • Dolly Digest

      With all due respect there are a minority of hardcore anti-gay Tories within the party. This was proven during the same sex marriage vote of which the majority of Tories voted for and a very aggressive vocal minority voted against. I am not a Tory, but credit where it is due, the Tories fought for and won same sex marriage by utilising cross party support. Do not forget that even labour had it’s share of homophobic MPs and that damn awful bigoted Gaspard woman was with the Green Party.

      • Mark Y

        Oh dear, I think you need to check your facts on the equal marriage vote before you write any more comments supporting the tories. The majority of Tory MP’s voted against same sex marriage after a huge Tory rebellion against their leader. Let me educate you…..

        Tories – 58% voted against equal marriage
        For – 111
        against – 129

        labour – 5% against
        For – 215
        against – 15

        lib dems – 5% against
        for – 46
        against – 4

        So, as you can see the majority of tory MP’s are homophobic bigots, not a minority as you stated – they didn’t fight hard for gay rights. Whereas it is a minority in the Labour party and the Lib Dems who are homophobic bigots.

        • john lyttle

          And yet Cameron led from the front and hastened the law on the books in defiance of his own party. No credit for that Mark?

          • Mark Y

            I’ve always given Cameron credit, I think he’s a great leader in other comments. But the tories are in the majority a bunch of homophobic bigots. There’s no escaping that.

            I have the sneaking suspicion though, that without the lib dem coalition there would never have been an equal marriage debate, Cameron or no Cameron.

        • Martin R

          Being against gay marriage most certainly does NOT make a person a ‘homophobic bigot’ as you choose to call them. There is more to gay rights than “marriage”. Some might even argue that gay rights would receive a lot more support if gays were not so hung-up on the marriage issue, and put more emphasis on civil unions.

        • Martin R

          Being against gay marriage most certainly does NOT make a person a ‘homophobic bigot’ as you choose to call them. There is more to gay rights than “marriage”. Some might even argue that gay rights would receive a lot more support if gays were not so hung-up on the marriage issue, and put more emphasis on civil unions.

        • Martin R

          Being against gay marriage most certainly does NOT make a person a ‘homophobic bigot’ as you choose to call them. There is more to gay rights than “marriage”. Some might even argue that gay rights would receive a lot more support if gays were not so hung-up on the marriage issue, and put more emphasis on civil unions.

    • john lyttle

      Look, I can’t stand the Tories but Cameron was on side and took real risks with his party to make gay marriage happen. Credit where credit is due, he said through clenched teeth.

    • de Villiers

      Labour councillor is homophobic. Stephen blames the Conservative Party.

      Should have gone to specsavers.

      • Mark Y

        He’s probably just angry with the tories because the majority of tory MP’s are homophobic bigots, whereas, only a small minority of labour MP’s are homophobic bigots.I suspect you’d vote for the party with the majority of homophobic bigots in them?

        • de Villiers

          I was unhappy with Italy so naturally I was angry with Germany.

          • Mark Y

            1 MP doesn’t make a party – whereas a majority does make a political party. And the majority of tory MP’s are homophobic.

            I suspect you’d vote for the political party who have a majority of homophobic MP’s?

          • de Villiers

            The story is about how a Labour councillor is homophobic and you seem obsessed with blaming me for supporting the UK Conservative party?

        • Martin R

          It seems apparent that you might be the bigot here.

          • David H

            That’s a little unfair. Mark’s point is that, typically, there are more homophobes in the Tories than in Labour (I would argue that’s true of the Parliamentary parties but not necessarily grass routes).

            People like Cameron, May, Johnson etc are trying to make the Tories a more progressive and relevant party; however, the structure of the Tories means that their older “dinosaurs” tend to carry a lot of weight (the 1922 committee has always held huge sway over the party and it;s only during the last five years that the Tory front bench has had any influence over them). By nature, the Tory party is pretty resistant to change (in fairness, it’d be a stupid choice of name if they weren’t).

        • Martin R

          It seems apparent that you might be the bigot here.

        • Martin R

          It seems apparent that you might be the bigot here.

    • Martin R

      Not sure how you arrived at your biased conclusions, as there’s no shortage of gays and gay-friendly people in the Tory party.

    • Martin R

      Not sure how you arrived at your biased conclusions, as there’s no shortage of gays and gay-friendly people in the Tory party.

    • Martin R

      Not sure how you arrived at your biased conclusions, as there’s no shortage of gays and gay-friendly people in the Tory party.

    • Martin R

      Not sure how you arrived at your biased conclusions, as there’s no shortage of gays and gay-friendly people in the Tory party.

  • TampaZeke

    UKIP is looking for a few token brown people to use for cover against charges of racism. Councillor Ahmed sounds like he would fit the bill nicely.

  • Sparkyu1

    He doesn’t think homophobia is a “real issue”?

    • Jones

      Well this is someone who thinks it’s appropriate to call someone a ‘queer’.

  • PaulBrownsey

    Typical PN bad journalism: there is nothing in the immediate story about the charge of calling someone “queer”. It may be in the links, but why not write the story so that it’s immediately comprehensible?

    • Dolly Digest

      This article links to the original article regarding the offense that was committed by this bigoted and offensive Councillor. The article also makes clear the reason for the resignation. The article even draws attention to the fact that Ahmed considers his homophobia to be trivial. May be you need to reread the article.

      • PaulBrownsey

        I said it may be in the links, but…

        As for the rest, you make my point for me. I actually saw that it mentions all these *other* things and I did not deny that it mentioned them but it does not elucidate the charge of calling someone “queer”. That is left for the links. I was a newspaper reporter and this was simply sloppy.

  • to_tell_the_truth

    Good riddance to bad bigots.

    • RedDevil9

      They haven’t gone anywhere, they’re still on the council as independents. They’ve only resigned from the Labour Party, not the council. If they’d used certain other words they wouldn’t have been allowed to stay on the council either. But it seems homophobia isn’t enough to get them removed from the council.

  • lee

    Had he used the N or P word would this be the same situation, I don’t believe it would be. He is not fit to be in public office, period.

    • john lyttle

      I’d like to see his face behind a transparent pale pink and gold veil as he shimmies exotically and makes soft doe eyes at the lusty men of the French Legion… Sorry, did I say that out loud?

      • David H

        You’ve been watching Carry on up the Khyber haven’t you ;-)

  • http://www.derekwilliams.net Derek Williams

    “The committee said Russian law already bans sexual information distribution to minors.”

    This only proves that the anti-gay law was entirely superfluous from the
    getgo and was introduced provocatively to inflame animus against
    Russia’s LGBT minorities.

  • Jones

    Rightly so. The Labour stands for tolerance and equality, if you have someone going against these principles they are best out of the party.

  • john lyttle

    Is it just me or does press statement boil down to “I can’t understand why the queer and the queer’s colleaques got upset because I called him a queer and then lied about calling the queer a queer”?

  • Chris in LA

    Well, if this fellow called someone “queer” because he is “queer” and the speaker considers it just a minor insult, he should be paid back in kind. His name suggests he is Muslim. Just call him that. He can soak it up, or change his religion and adopt a new culture. There are many to choose among that are neither homophobic nor misogynist. Besides, changes like that can be ever so refreshing (and enriching).

  • Tiger Lily

    Homophobic slur: Has to resign.

    Transphobic slur: HOW DARE TRANS PEOPLE COMPLAIN. WE OWN THAT WORD NOT YOU. SO STOP MOANING.

  • Katie

    He sounds like he belonged in Ukip anyway as opposed to the Labour Party. What a waste of space!

  • Katie

    He sounds like he belonged in Ukip anyway as opposed to the Labour Party. What a waste of space!

  • Martin R

    If he’s so anti gay, perhaps he would be better off back “home” in South Asia (even though man-love amongst Muslims, among others, there, is rampant)? Just a thought.

  • Martin R

    If he’s so anti gay, perhaps he would be better off back “home” in South Asia (even though man-love amongst Muslims, among others, there, is rampant)? Just a thought.

  • Martin R

    If he’s so anti gay, perhaps he would be better off back “home” in South Asia (even though man-love amongst Muslims, among others, there, is rampant)? Just a thought.

  • Frank Boulton

    Well, our community can take comfort in the fact that even if Councillor Ahmed doesn’t think that homophobia is a “real issue”, the court thought that his homophobia was a real enough issue to prosecute and fine him for it.

  • Frank Boulton

    Well, our community can take comfort in the fact that even if Councillor Ahmed doesn’t think that homophobia is a “real issue”, the court thought that his homophobia was a real enough issue to prosecute and fine him for it.

  • whs1954

    Oh, what? Simon Danczuk is a perfect parody of the old-fashioned reactionary Lancashire Catholic Labour-right. Clearly in this case his Islamophobia trumps his distaste at queers.

  • Truth

    I’ve always believed … ‘takes one to know one, honey’.

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