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Petition calls for Ian Stokes to resign from South Kesteven District Council after racist remark



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People have been signing a petition calling for the resignation of a Tory councillor who made a racist remark at a public meeting.

Coun Ian Stokes used the expression while chairing a committee meeting for South Kesteven District Council.

He has since apologised for and retracted the remark but an online petition has been set up calling for him to resign from the council.

Coun Ian Stokes was chairing a committee meeting of South Kesteven District Council. Image: SKDC / YouTube
Coun Ian Stokes was chairing a committee meeting of South Kesteven District Council. Image: SKDC / YouTube

The petition says: "On Wednesday, October 20, Coun Ian Stokes used a racist remark while chairing a committee meeting for South Kesteven District Council.

"That remark shall not be repeated here. No councillor in the chamber challenged it. Footage of the remark has been widely seen on social media.
"Council leader, Kelham Cooke, stated that Coun Stokes was right to apologise and retract his remark.

Coun Ian Stokes
Coun Ian Stokes

"This is not good enough. Coun Stokes has been suspended from the Conservative Party but he needs to resign.

"This petition has been started to put pressure on Coun Stokes to do the right thing and resign."

By 10.15am today (Monday, October 25) 47 people had signed the petition.

* In an earlier version of this article we incorrectly said the petition had been set up by Coun Lee Steptoe, the Labour and Co-operative councillor for Grantham Earlesfield ward. Coun Steptoe was not responsible for creating the petition and had in fact shared it on his social media. We apologise to Coun Steptoe for the inaccuracy and are happy to set the record straight.



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