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MetiNews.Com - Bolton Councillor Bob Allen also laid blame for the spread of the virus at 'PHE idiots' and the Government.
Breaking News ! A councillor has been suspended over a social media post in which he told people to 'blame' the increase on coronavirus cases on a number of groups including 'illegal immigrants' and 'the BAME community'. Bob Allen, a Conservative councillor for the Heaton and Lostock ward in Bolton, took to Facebook on Thursday night following the goverment's announcement of a local lockdown. He laid the blame for the new regulations at feet of "the Chinese", "PHE idiots" (Public Health England), "NHS managers", and the government. It is the second time the councillor has been suspended from his party. In 2009 he was rebuked over a blog post in which he published a picture of a gorilla beside a story about another councillor. In Thursday's public Facebook post, Coun Allen wrote: "Don’t penalise me over the increase in Covid cases in Greater Manchester. I’ve stuck to the rules for 4 long months. Sign up to the free MyBolton email newsletter Get daily updates from Bolton direct to your email inbox with the free MyBolton newsletter. Click on this link, enter your email address, and select 'MyBolton News'. It's as simple as that. "Blame the 48,000 illegal immigrants, the BAME community and the morons that never obey the rules. "Blame the PHE idiots who wrongly advised us, blame NHS managers who were totally unprepared, blame the Chinese for concealing the true facts and blame the government for not stopping thousands of flights into the UK from infected countries. "We are being led by donkeys." Councillor Bob Allen's controversial Facebook post (Image: Facebook) Bolton Council's Labour Party leader Nick Peel joined the voices criticising Coun Allen's statements and called the post "shocking". "These kind of statements are unhelpful and more than that, they're dangerous," he said. "These sorts of statements are made without facts to back them up, you can't just make sweeping statements like that.
. So some white people and everyone in the BAME community. And he's had the opportunity to clarify what he said and didn't take it." "These comments were certainly not acceptable."
A number of other people who shared the post expressed concerns with the sentiments being made but Coun Allen told MyBolton and the Manchester Evening News that the comments had been taken out of context and apologised to "anyone who may have been personally offended." He said: "I have great respect for everyone who has worked through the coronavirus pandemic helping to save lives and to support those affected by this terrible disease. "A disproportionate number of BAME people have been fined for breaking lockdown rules suggesting that some members of that community have inadvertently helped to spread the virus. "There are of course many others who have flouted the rules but the BAME group have been particularly identified in the national media. "You will see in my Facebook post that I blame lots of people and groups for our current crisis and I remain convinced that from the outset the pandemic could have been better managed. For example it is unbelievable that throughout April and May we continued to allow dozens of incoming flights every day from countries badly affected by the virus.
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"PHE, whose job is to protect us from such infections, failed to give correct advice to the government and failed abysmally to provide sufficient PPE. "I hope this gives some context to my remarks on Facebook and I apologise to anyone who may have been personally offended." Coun Allen has since been suspended by Bolton's Conservative Party following a meeting senior members. Coun Stuart Haslam, secretary of the group, said: "Following a meeting of the elected officers of the Conservative Group on Bolton Council, held today (Friday) at the earliest opportunity, and following a series of formal complaints against Coun Bob Allen regarding the contents of a Facebook post, it was unanimously agreed that with immediate effect, Coun Allen be suspended from the group, and within 21 days a meeting of the full Conservative group will take place where Coun Allen will be invited to attend and present his case. "There will then follow a decision on what appropriate course of action should be taken, determined by a vote of the full Conservative Group."