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Twitter row rumbles on with ‘bully tactics’ claim

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 28, 2013

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A NEW ‘ambassador’ for equality and diversity for Burton Labour Party has hit out at a Tory councillor for his use of ‘dangerous bully tactics’.

The Mail reported on Saturday how Craig Jones (pictured), Burton Labour Party’s equality and diversity coordinator, had been criticised by Conservative county councillor Conor Wileman for using a disparaging term to describe the town on Twitter.

Councillor Wileman, county councillor for Burton Tower division, said someone in Mr Jones’ position should not be ‘talking the town down’.

However, now Mr Jones has written an open letter to numerous senior Tory leaders in East Staffordshire, including MP Andrew Griffiths, slamming Councillor Wileman and requesting an investigation by the Tories into his behaviour.

Mr Jones said in the letter: “I have been active on Twitter for going on five years and have accrued around 90,000 postings and the message highlighted was one between friends and one not immediately visible.

“That’s some dedication shown by your councillor. Surely this time would be better spent serving his constituency instead of idly digging up dirt.

“What I do request is that the local party launch an investigation into why one of your own was allowed to take such potentially personally damaging action.”

Mr Jones, from Horninglow, added that Councillor Wileman’s actions had made the Tory look ‘petty, puerile and like he has too much time on his hands’.

He said: “I hope this doesn’t fall on deaf ears and I hope, as a local party, you do not condone the use of bullying smear tactics for your own personal political gain, as demonstrated by Councillor Wileman.

“After all my post isn’t a publicly elected role, it is something I do because I have a deep care for equality and diversity, meaning that this was, in effect, a politically motivated attack on a member of the public by a county councillor.”

Councillor Wileman was approached by the Mail for a response but did not wish to comment.

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