December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A Conservative councillor who tweeted that a violent film showed how to deal with “immigration issues” will remain suspended until the New Year.
Danny Mayzes, the former chairman of Tendring District Council, was suspended from the Conservative group at the council earlier this month for the tweet, as well as the Conservative Association in Clacton.
The tweet read: “Am watching Machete – now that’s how you DEAL with immigration issues lol”.
The message referred to action movie Machete in which vigilante gangs battle illegal immigrants on the Mexican border.
Controversy surrounding the tweet prompted the Clacton councillor to shut down his Twitter and Facebook accounts, and he has apologised for it.
Essex Police announced they were investigating Mr Mayzes to see if a hate crime had been committed, however they have now decided to take no further action.
Peter Halliday, leader of the Conservative group at Tendring District Council, said Mr Mayzes had been invited to address the group at a meeting on Tuesday night.
It was decided that his suspension would be upheld as Mr Mayzes had breached “sufficient group rules”.
Mr Halliday said: “It was therefore formally proposed by myself and agreed by the group that Cllr Danny Mayzes would remain suspended from the group until next year.
“It was further agreed - with the agreement of Danny - that he would refrain from Twitter and Facebook for the same period of time.”
Mr Mayzes will resume his duties within the group and the council committees in the New Year.
Today Mr Mayzes said he regretted the tweet and had learned from the experience.
“I absolutely accept the outcome of my group’s decision and obviously I’m happy to serve that suspension until the New Year when I’ll return to doing what I’m good at which is being a good councillor,” he said.
“The way that I’ve approached this is I did make a silly mistake, a lapse of judgement and clearly the Conservative group had to be seen to take appropriate action.”
Tendring Labour councillor Ivan Henderson, described the tweet as “disgusting”.