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Havering Council leader refers Cllr Jeffrey Tucker to standards board over 'black and white council staff' comments

PUBLISHED: 10:30 22 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:30 22 November 2013

Cllr Jeffrey Tucker

Cllr Jeffrey Tucker

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Cllr Jeffrey Tucker has been referred to Havering Council's standards board over his "offensive and wrong-headed" comments suggesting black and white council staff couldn't work together.

Havering Council’s leader Cllr Michael White has slammed Cllr Tucker’s comments about race, exclusively revealed in today’s Romford Recorder.

The council had initially declined to comment, but this morning Cllr White said in a statement: “I was absolutely horrified to read Cllr Tucker’s comments in the Romford Recorder.

“I can’t believe a councillor in Havering could make such offensive and wrong-headed statements.

“Havering is home to people of all backgrounds, and the staff at the council reflect the community they serve.

“There will be a great many angry and offended people across Havering today – including the overwhelming majority of white residents who don’t share Cllr Tucker’s disturbing viewpoint.

“I have referred Cllr Tucker to the standards board, as I believe his statements bring this council into disrepute.

“I will also be speaking to the Mayor of Newham, to assure him that Cllr Tucker’s views are in no way representative of the staff or elected members of Havering Council.”

The Recorder has been unable to obtain a comment from Newham Council.

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