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Welsh Liberal Democrats suspend councillor elected in last week’s local election

10 May 2022 2 minutes Read
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The Welsh Liberal Democrats have confirmed that one of their successful candidates in last week’s local election in Powys, has been suspended from the party.

Little Brighouse, won the Disserth and Trecoed with Newbridge ward at last Friday’s election count in Llanelwedd, but is expected to now sit as a non-aligned councillor until an investigation is completed.

It emerged on the Guido Fawkes political news website that Cllr Brighouse – who identifies as a non-binary person –  had allegedly uploaded a social media clip on Tik Tok –  where they are pictured next to a photo of a burning Israeli flag with the anti-Israeli statement “from the river to the sea,” in the background.

A spokesman for the Liberal Democrats said: “We received a complaint regarding this candidate which has been reviewed under our independent complaints process.

“As a result, they have been suspended from the party while the complaint is fully investigated.

“The Liberal Democrats have a long and proud record of standing up against antisemitism and continue to champion a liberal, tolerant and inclusive society for all.”

Cllr Brighouse said that they had no comment to make while the investigation is taking place.

Following the result last Friday, May 6, Cllr Brighouse said on Facebook: “Thank you to everyone for the amazing support and encouragement.

“And thank you to everyone that put their faith and trust in me with their vote.

“I am so grateful to you all.”


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Cynan
Cynan
11 days ago

So again, opposition to the Israeli government’s assault on Palestine is seen as AntiSemitism.
I can see why the vile oppressors hide amongst decent honest Jewish people screaming “look they are being hateful to us”, but this actually deliberately confuses two unrelated issues. The right of Jewish people to exist, and the attempted land grab / genocide of the far right Israeli state.
The next iteration of this is that those who oppose genocide and those who support it find themselves unwittingly aligned.
This is what has happened to Mr/Ms/Mx Brighouse (non-binary pronouns are also a pain in the ass)

John Brooks
John Brooks
11 days ago
Reply to  Cynan

Absolutely right. There is no antisemitism here just opposition to Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people. Would there have been a complaint about a burning Russian flag and a slogan supporting Ukrainian freedom. I think not.

CJPh
CJPh
11 days ago
Reply to  John Brooks

Uh, there may not be the intent for antisemitism. And, in all fairness, it’s probably reasonable to conclude that this statement was not made with direct antisemitic impetus. Burning the Israeli flag, fine. Have at it, free country (ish) and all that. Why this particular nation and not the many many many many many others with many many many many many more human rights abuses that go totally ignored and unpunished, many occurring right now, effecting millions of innocent people (Hi, CCP! Hi, Russia! Hi Saudi Arabia! Hi Iran! I’m not saying hello to North Korea…), kind of tilts the… Read more »

Last edited 11 days ago by CJPh

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