As Theresa May lectures Labour on racism, her party snatches power by reinstating an accused racist

Theresa May
James Aitchison

The Conservative Party snatched control of Pendle council after reinstating a candidate who was suspended for racism. Rosemary Carroll was suspended after sharing a racist joke on social media. The offensive joke in question compared Asian benefits claimants to dogs.

Pendle looked set to remain a hung council with the Conservative Party in control of 24 seats out of a possible 50. But the reinstatement of Carroll secured the party an additional seat and control of the council.

Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis hailed the result:

Double standards

Less than 24 hours after Carroll’s reinstatement was revealed, the prime minister made the following remarks in Barnet:

… people of all faiths have rejected the vile anti-Semitism that has gone unchallenged in the Labour Party for too long.

Twitter users were quick to point out the sheer hypocrisy of the Conservative Party calling out racism in the Labour Party:

Others pointed out that perhaps the architect of the “hostile environment” should think twice before accusing anyone of racism:

The nasty party

Reports of racism in the party are nothing new. In fact, 12 candidates have been suspended for similar offences by the Conservatives in the lead up to the election. However, in the wake of the Conservatives’ “respect pledge” and the party’s sustained criticism of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party, the reinstatement of Carroll is particularly galling.

Twitter users were quick to call out Lewis’ support:

As a result of her three-month suspension, Caroll stood in the election as an independent. Conservative group leader Paul White stated that Caroll had rejoined the party a few days prior to the election. But according to Pendle council members, Carroll was reinstated at lunchtime on Friday.

But wait, there’s more

The events in Pendle are not an isolated incident. Suspended Sunderland councillor Anthony Mullen was welcomed back almost immediately after being elected. Mullen had previously described Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, as a “filthy, bulbous pig” on social media:

One Twitter user summed up the situation in brutally frank terms:


This latest incident has exposed the respect pledge and the PMs bluster around racism for what it really is, a bunch of hot air:

Theresa May and the Conservative Party have made their stance on racism very clear. The party will not tolerate any racism in the party – except in instances where it will gain seats.

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