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No sanction against race row councillor

Jack Woodford file
Jack Woodford file

No action will be taken against a councillor who told an Asian man to "get back to washing dishes in a curry house".

Jack Woodford was brought before Ashford's standards committee after becoming embroiled in a Facebook race row.

Now standards bosses say they can't take action – because he made the comments in his private life.

But the committee has still condemned Cllr Woodford's remarks and now wants borough members to undertake diversity training.

The borough council committee’s assessment panel made its decision after a private meeting last Friday. Minutes from that, just released, said: "The panel is unable to give further consideration to the matter or take any further action in relation to it."

But the panel said Cllr Woodford's comments were "inappropriate and immoderate" and "fell well below the standards appropriate for an elected councillor".

To prevent another incident like this the panel resolved that training should be arranged for councillors in diversity and internet usage.

Cllr Woodford, an Ashford Independent member for Wye, was embroiled in controversy after taking part in a Stop the BNP debate on the social networking site. He launched his tirade against British-born Asian Nunu Amin after himself being insulted during a heated discussion.

For the full story see this Thursday's print edition Kentish Express.

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