Councillor Roger Taylor suspended by Conservatives over emails

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A councillor has been suspended by the Conservative Party over offensive emails he sent to a civil liberties group.

Councillor Roger Taylor (Con, Northowram/Shelf - right) said the emails, sent to campaign group JUST West Yorkshire, were private and not sent in his capacity as a councillor or party member.

JUST said the offending email followed the organisation’s support for the Hillsborough families’ call for the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Norman Bettison, to resign and face criminal prosecution.

The email content includes: “Are you telling me this report is not overloaded with politically correct language rather like the Stephen Lawrence “enquiry” (a joke in itself) was?

“You are not fit to tie Sir Norman Bettison’s shoe laces.”

A Conservative Party spokesperson said: “Roger Taylor was suspended from the Conservative Party with immediate effect on 28th September.

“We do not agree with his comments and find them wholly unacceptable.”

But Coun Taylor said this was not a permanent suspension: “This is a temporary measure until a meeting of the party board at the end of the month.

“I have had a lot of support from the party locally and nationally.”

Conservative party group leader for Calderdale, Coun Stephen Baines, said he was unaware of the suspension.