Wiltshire

Prospective Labour councillor quits over Nazi insult

A prospective councillor who likened the Conservative administration at Swindon Borough Council to the Nazis has resigned from the Labour Party.

Geoff Reid was suspended on Monday after publishing the remarks earlier in the month which related to the council's housing stock sell-off plan.

Mr Reid later said he was sorry if his remarks caused offence but maintained they were historically accurate.

A new Labour candidate will be selected to stand for Lydiard and Freshbrook.

Mr Reid's comments on the Talk Swindon website also singled out Russell Holland, the cabinet member for housing.

Mr Reid wrote: "An awful irony to even consider, but the way Cllr Holland and Co have chosen to 'move the debate forwards' reminds me of the way that Germany's National Socialist Party lined up the Jews to take the blame for many of Germany economic and social ills."

The Labour Party in Swindon has declined to make any further comment.

Conservative leader at Swindon Borough Council, Roderick Bluh, said: "I am pleased that the Labour Party have now acted and suspended their candidate.

"I was very disappointed that Councillor Jim Grant endorsed Mr Reid as a candidate last week when his position was clearly untenable."

The housing stock transfer plans were shelved in January after a vote by council house tenants.

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