Search

Andrew Rosindell removes picture with Rolf Harris from Facebook

14:03 04 July 2014

Andrew Rosindell MP and Rolf Harris posted on Facebook October 2012. Picture: Facebook

Andrew Rosindell MP and Rolf Harris posted on Facebook October 2012. Picture: Facebook

Archant

Andrew Rosindell MP has removed a picture of him grinning next to convicted sex attacker Rolf Harris from his Facebook page after receiving complaints.

Tom Baker commented on the picture on Monday asking if the Romford MP felt he should remove the image in light of Harris’ conviction for 12 counts of indecent assault.

The Recorder spoke to Mr Rosindell on Tuesday. He said: “That was taken a few years ago, definitely before he was arrested.

“I will try and take it down. I don’t know how to take it down to be honest. I will ask my staff to look.”

The photo, which appeared on his public profile next to pictures of his dog Buster and the late prime minister Margaret Thatcher was removed by Wednesday afternoon.

Lynne Harrington first raised the issue with the photo back in January this year but received no response.

She commented: “Maybe this photo should be removed bearing in mind the investigations and current charges that are surrounding Mr Harris at the present time!!”

Defending the taking of the picture, Mr Rosindell said: “People better not be photographed with anyone in case they become future criminals.”

Harris was first questioned by police in November 2012, a month after the picture was posted to Facebook.

A jury at Southwark Crown Court found the Australian guilty of the 12 charges that date back to the 60s, 70s and 80s and involve four girls one of which was seven or eight years old when the assault took place.

The Facbook gaffe is not the first time the Conservatives in Romford have faced criticism because of social media use.

Mr Rosindell came under fire in 2012 after he defended Cllr Osman Dervish for once being a member of a tribute page to a former Chilean dictator - the “Augusto Pinochet Fan Club” - on Facebook.

Read more:

Rainham and Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas slams Romford MP Andrew Rosindell over Pinochet comments

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell defends tactic in election postal vote row

Conservative Mayor of Havering Cllr Eric Munday defects to Ukip

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:49
Ian Ottley and his daughter Danielle's house was destroyed when a bus crashed into it last year. They were in a hotel until March but have now moved back in

A family whose home was destroyed when a driverless bus rolled into it has put a “nightmare year” behind them.

Yesterday, 07:38
Year seven pupils took part in a sponsored walk at Cely Woods for Saint Francis Hospice

A charity that has supported those with life limiting illnesses for 31 years has held a special service to mark its anniversary.

Wed, 15:27
Michael Hotti was jailed

An “extremely violent” career criminal has been jailed for five years for robbing two stores while on licence.

Wed, 13:03
More than 400 houses in Hornchurch experienced a power cut in the early hours of the morning

More than 400 homes suffered a power cut in the early hours of the morning after a fault to an underground cable.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder