Chesterton councillor, Roly Hughes, accused of racism following joke published on Facebook
A CIRENCESTER town councillor has been accused of racism following a discriminatory joke being published on Facebook.
The joke, which centred around three black women, appeared on the Facebook page of Cllr Roly Hughes, (Lib Dem, Chesterton) shortly before midnight on Monday, October 14.
However, the councillor strongly denies publishing the joke and explained that it was put on there by a Facebook friend who has since been removed from his list of friends.
He said: “I’m really not happy about this. I didn’t put the joke on there and I have since deleted it from the wall.
“I’m not a racist and I wouldn’t do things like that. I’m actually in the middle of an anti-bullying campaign and racism is a form of bullying.”
The post came to the attention of the Standard after a reader sent in a copy of the Facebook post with a note reading: “He should be sacked.”
The race row has escalated further, with Cirencester mayor Joe Harris responding to the offensive wall post.
He said: “Having seen the post, I am quite concerned. What I’ve done is requested a meeting with Roly so that he can explain himself. “We expect the very highest standards from all of our councillors and any form of discrimination will not be tolerated.”
Cllr Roly Hughes was first elected to Cirencester Town Council in 2007 and again in 2011.
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