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Uproar as Labour councillor does fascist salute in protest against UKIP

21 Jun 2024 4 minute read
Councillor Gary Jones

Martin Shipton

A general election hustings meeting was in uproar after a Labour councillor raised his arm in a fascist salute three times as a protest against the far-right UKIP candidate.

Cllr Gary Jones, who represents the village of Llangennech on Carmarthenshire County Council, was asked to leave the event in Llanelli after arguing with supporters of Ukip candidate Stan Robinson, notorious for running the Voice of Wales video blog with convicted fraudster Dan Morgan.

Charlie Evans, the Welsh Conservative candidate for Llanell,i has called on Welsh Labour to suspend Cllr Jones after he was witnessed making the Nazi salute while sitting in the audience of a local hustings.

Nazi

Mr Evans said: “I am appalled that a Labour county councillor thinks it is acceptable to make Nazi salutes at members of the audience during a public hustings.

“While it was a lively debate with all candidates passionately making their stances clear, the evening was tarnished by this public outburst and the councillor having to be removed by security.. I sincerely hope that Nia Griffith [who is seeking re-election as the seat’s Labour MP] joins me in condemning this behaviour and that Labour suspend Cllr Jones and remove the whip.”

An observer at the hustings meeting, which was organised by Llanelli Chamber of Trade & Commerce, said of Cllr Jones’ depiction of a Nazi salute: “It was finger under the nose – the whole thing.”

But Cllr Deryk Cundy, leader of the county council’s Labour group, posted a message to a Labour WhatsApp group, saying he understood why Cllr Jones had behaved the way he did and supported him.

Notorious

Mr Robinson is a notorious far-right activist who has made numerous offensive comments on social media about those he regards as his enemies or left-wing. He has called, for example, for the castration of Sky presenter Adam Boulton with a “rust [sic] blade” . Two days later Mr Robinson re-posted an online news article which inaccurately claimed a Muslim terrorist was responsible for the stabbing of two people in London. along with a highly derogatory statement about people from Pakistan.

Cllr Jones said: “Stan praised Napoleon. I asked him about his admiration of General Franco [dictator of Spain from 1939 until his death in 1975]. I implied he was a fascist and was asked to leave.”

He admitted doing the Nazi salute, saying: “I did, after his admiration for Franco, I shouldn’t have done it .He repeatedly attacked Nia, didn’t listen to the adjudicator etc. I lost it, his fans were heckling all the time.

“They asked me to leave, and I did voluntarily, and apologised to the security.”

Held to account

Asked for his views on whether far-right candidates should be permitted to take part in election events as if they were normal mainstream candidates, Cllr Jones said: “I have mixed feelings. It was not the right hustings to hold him to account as you couldn’t directly question the candidates. I feel we must confront them, if they are gagged they will use this as well. They must be held to account.

“I have been a quite mild mannered person most of my life, but since my diagnosis, I don’t give a toss any more about what people think about me etc I have been blocked by Stan and Voice of Wales for repeatedly questioning them . I think it’s because I am a History fan, and in particular The Spanish Civil War, that they press my buttons. I know they are no electoral threat.

“I have pancreatic cancer, that’s gone to my liver. I was given 18 months to live, but have gone past that. I am now on a drugs trial at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London. I am OK with this. I have had therapy and I have a slim chance at The Marsden that the trial may slow the process down. I am not looking for sympathy but I have noticed that I have been behaving erratically lately.

“I am back in London on Sunday for another stint [of treatment]. They will give me Chemotherapy, and an experimental drug, which nullifies an enzyme that we produce that attacks the effects of the Chemotherapy. I am one of the first for this to be trialled on. if it works it will make chemotherapy more effective on all cancers.

“By the way, Voice of Wales filmed the whole event, when told not to.”


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Colli Llais Rhydd
Colli Llais Rhydd
23 days ago

I better not watch my favourite Faulty Towers Episode 🥹 when Basil F does the same – unless the Tories come after me 😎

Alan Jones
Alan Jones
23 days ago

Well done Gary Jones for calling out these fascist scum that walk among us. A big shout out once again to Martin Shipton for highlighting the activities & deviant monstrous ideology of these filthy minded people.

Gaynor
Gaynor
23 days ago

He was the same about Carms County Council when they wanted to change the Local school to a Welsh language one. However in this case I have to agree with him. These individiuals are right wing thugs.

Mike
Mike
23 days ago

Jonesey needs help but knows it. Great fun? What would politics be without youKIP? SAFER. While I support freedom of speech, though, this yob Stan Robinson is so gratuitously offensive and his threats of violence while carefully worded leave no doubts that he wants to incite extreme violence. Castration?? Both he and his Master in that party, the embezzler and sexual abuser Ben Walker, and probably a few more of them need to be locked up for good. Some in asylums, some in prisons. They seem to have some Establishment cover, though. I smell Tories, to show the voter SEE… Read more »

John Ellis
John Ellis
23 days ago

Since 1940 no one wants to be termed as a fascist.

Which doesn’t, of course, necessarily imply that there aren’t one or two fascists actually around!

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
23 days ago

Good luck Mr Jones, only in Fat Shanks Land is it wrong to confront the human effluence he dumped in our society…

cablestreet
cablestreet
23 days ago

Utter, utter scumbags. This hustings should never have been called. Filming people in that meeting must be seen for what it is, intimidation.
And shame on you Charlie Evans, if you wanted to make political capital from this you might have gained some respect if you’d shown some spine and condemned Robinson instead of Gary Jones
I don’t know you Gary but I wish you well in your treatment and thank you for standing up to these fascist pigs.

UKIPWATCH
UKIPWATCH
23 days ago
Reply to  cablestreet

There are far, far worse than Simple Stan to be found in UKIP today. The effluent thief Ben Walker who runs the party so he can steal all the money coming in, to name one. He just uses all the others, who are Too Thick to get it.
It would take hundreds of years to persuade chuckleheads like UKIP’s “Wales Regional Officer” or some similar meaningless title, the World’s Least Convincing Elvis Impersonator, Paul Campbell, to understand he’s not “in” a political party but instead a Mafia.
Amusing to watch the c*nts, tho!

Jane Leach
Jane Leach
23 days ago

Good for him it’s time that these fascists were called fascist. Why pussyfoot around they are racists anti NHS and welfare. I think that Mr Jones was right to call them out.

Padi Phillips
Padi Phillips
23 days ago

These scum, Voice of Wales are still om Facebook. I have complained about the group, and I post the URL so others can do so to, if they feel so inclined 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/groups/vowales/?ref=share

Anti-vigilante
Anti-vigilante
23 days ago

It was an awful night. I got the feeling that Voice of Wales and Stan Robinson used this as more of an opportunity to show off to Tommy Robinson as the feed was automatically being shared with London Lawfair. I think it was wrong for Voice of Wales to use the Sospan bunch as supportive bullies. Say what you want about any party, but at least those candidates stood up and faced the constant negativity from Dan Morgan and Co. Dan Morgan was rude, and really trying his best to irritate people, especially the Plaid candidate. How do these groups… Read more »

Anti-vigilante
Anti-vigilante
21 days ago

Partly in response to the recent VoW vid: Is it true that ‘right’ bunch were the frequenting the bar often at the debate? I’m sure they were there reminiscent of their days of the protest at The Stradey Arms I should imagine. I noticed Stan seemed to lose his footing when the support was quietened, although he brought up some valid points, he seemed to only face those who were already in agreement with him. Regarding the placing of Stan among his opposing audience, the same could be said of Mr Plaid. I agreed to nearly everything Stan brought up,… Read more »

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