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Apology ordered in Driffield councillor racist tweet row

Heather Venter
Image caption Heather Venter has been ordered to make a full apology to the town council

A former mayor who admitted liking racist and anti-Muslim posts on social media will have to make a full apology to her council.

Heather Venter, a town councillor in Driffield, East Yorkshire, had denied being racist.

However, the council's standards committee found she had breached the authority's code of conduct.

One of the tweets she had liked read "Shouldn't employ Muslims. Nothing but trouble," the hearing was told.

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Councillor Venter. who served as Mayor of Driffield in 2013-14, said she did not support racially-motivated posts.

"I did not say anything. I did not make any racist tweets whatever.

"Only one tweet was mine which was a headline from the Evening Standard about all the knifings in London."

She had liked a reply to that tweet which read: "Its all the blacks in London."

The standards committee which ordered Mrs Venter to make her apology also said every member of the council should undergo training on how to use social media.

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