Would-be Wirral Tory Leader Councillor David Burgess-Joyce once compared David Lammy MP’s conduct to that of the Ku Klux Klan. He breached Wirral Council’s Standards Procedure in doing so. Now, David Lammy hits back…

Link to the story in the online Wirral Globe:


4th December 2019 – Panel of cross-party councillors who investigated the issue. Thanks go to John Brace for filming the hearing

[13:50] An interesting section of the dialogue

Burgess-Joyce: And also to counter what Mr Cardin has said from a number of points of view. Mr Cardin and I ironically have something in common which is we’re both very passionate about local government. We may differ on politics but we do have a passion for doing things for the right reason. The difference is I stood for the council, he hasn’t…

Paul Cardin: That’s a bit of a slur, isn’t it? … well, I fought in the Falklands in 1982.

The highly offensive, code breaching, Burgess-Joyce tweet sent on 17th July 2019, which was intended to cause offence


The panel’s findings 

In brief…

  1. The tweet was made in Councillor Burgess-Joyce’s official capacity as a Wirral Councillor
  2. The tweet was highly offensive to David Lammy MP
  3. The tweet was intended to cause offence
  4. David Lammy MP was not treated with due respect
  5. The words used fell outside the protections of Article 10 of the Human Rights Act
  6. There was a breach of the Standards Code

Link to Standards Panel meeting:

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