Mayor of Walsall removed from Conservatives party over racist whatsapp post | conservatives

Recently elected Conservative mayor of Walsall was suspended from the party over racist post from her WhatsApp account.

Rose Martin said that someone hacked into her account and posted offensive image that had five black children looking at one white child signed: “First day of school for Ukrainian refugee in south of London.

After an investigation carried out national Conservative partyMartin was suspended for six months and ordered to undergo diversity training, just nine days after becoming mayor of city ​​of the West Midlands.

Image was posted in March, when Martin was deputy mayor and was seen by the residents. who said they were “shocked and outraged” post and filed official a complaint with in the partybeginning of the investigation.

At the time, Martin told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) that her account had been hacked and she reported it to the police. “I was hacked and I reported it to the police,” she said.

Suspension doesn’t stop Martin from continuing in civil role of the mayor to whom she was elected on May, 23rd in ceremony at Walsall Council House. Martin, who was first elected as an adviser in 2003, will be able to continue to sit as an independent representative for Pelsall branch for in next six months until she can apply to be reunited with the Conservative party.

On Wednesday night, Martin said she had been hacked and said she would appeal. against suspension.

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Labor leader Walsall Aftab Nawaz said that his party could not support Martin’s appointment as mayor due to issue.

Mike Byrd, Conservative Leader of Walsall Council told LDRS it was waiting official notice from national party on Exodus of his investigation. However, he confirmed that she was given six-one month suspension, ordered to undergo diversity training and ordered to apologize party board.

The executive director of the council and the monitoring officer are also aware of complaints.

The Guardian Conservative party for comment.

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