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Councillor who said it was "time to start killing" Remain voters refuses to step down

PUBLISHED: 13:42 27 September 2016

Bromley Cllr Terry Nathan

Bromley Cllr Terry Nathan

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Bromley Lib Dems have renewed calls for his resignation

A Ukip councillor who sparked outrage when he suggested killing people who voted to remain in the EU has refused to resign.

In July, Ukip councillor for Cray Valley East Terry Nathan wrote in response to a newspaper article about legal challenges to Brexit: “Time to start killing these people till Article 50 is invoked, perhaps remainers will get the message then.”

Last night, leader of the council Stephen Carr said Mr Nathan could not be forced to resign because he had spoken in a private capacity, and therefore the council’s code of conduct did not apply to him.

“If Mr Nathan chooses not to resign, and his party chooses not to discipline him, there is nothing the council can do,” he said.

The Ukip councillor later deleted the comments and claimed they were “meant to be taken with a pinch of salt”, adding that he would never advocate violence.

However, Bromley Liberal Democrats have renewed calls for Mr Nathan to step down.

Secretary Julie Ireland said: “I once again call for councillor Nathan to resign. His behaviour is indefensible: anyone who thinks threats of killing are a joke is simply unfit to hold public office.

“Post EU-referendum at a time when hate crimes are increasing across the UK, I am frankly shocked that Ukip have refused to discipline him.

“As Lib Dems we are always supportive of free speech and political opposition, but threats of killing are not acceptable in a democracy irrespective of where they come from.

“Cllr Nathan expresses complete contempt for the 51 per cent of Bromley residents who voted to remain and for his own constituents: neither cllr Nathan or his Ukip colleague cllr Livett even bothered to attend the Council meeting last night.”

Ukip has been approached for comment.

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