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Tory MP attacks Kent police’s “politically correct” advice booklet

PinkNews Staff Writer February 20, 2009

A guide to the law for immigrants has been criticised by an MP for making his constituency appear homophobic.

The booklet, produced by Kent police, explains how to report discrimination but fails to mention the 999 service.

The force recently came under attack for organising an essay competition for schoolchildren on the subject of diversity.

It was portrayed in some newspapers as encouraging children to write about about gay rights because it was run as part of LGBT History Month.

Adam Holloway, Tory MP for Gravesham, said the booklet was another example that Kent police “need to calm down a bit on this sort of thing.”

“I find it extraordinary that Kent police can produce a booklet that in a sense says, Welcome to Kent. We are racist, homophobic, xenophobic, ageist and do not value you if you are disabled or gay, and here’s a booklet telling you how to make a complaint against us,” he told the Kent Messenger.

“What sort of message are we giving people? The police have got their priorities wrong and have totally given into this politically correct and damaging claptrap.

“Immigrants come here for a variety of different reasons but mainly for work … when they read page one of the English version of this book, they may think they are entering a rather disgusting society, which Kent certainly isn’t.”

In November comedian Alan Carr caused local upset in Kent after he claimed the town of Maidstone is both racist and homophobic.

Mr Carr, who is gay, said his stand-up routines were poorly received when he performed there and claimed he would be happy to promote his new book in the town as many of the residents are illiterate.

“They hated me,” he told The Sun.

“I never lasted more than seven minutes. It was full of homophobic narrow-minded morons.

“And it wasn’t just me. If you were black or Asian, you got racist abuse. If you were a woman you got, “show us your tits.'”

Last year he attacked the town in an interview with Metro.

“I’ve never had a good show in Maidstone, it’s retarded,” he said.

“The first time I played there I had to get a taxi to my car because the audience wanted to beat me up.”

The MP for Maidstone and the Weald, Ann Widdecombe, hit out at his slurs against her constituency.

“He is talking complete rot,” she said.

“We have very high standards of behaviour and beliefs in Maidstone and it is obvious from his comments that he fails to meet them.”

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