The mayor of a British town was forced to resign because he had liked the Facebook page of popular Dutch politician, Geert Wilders.
Councillor Peter Lucey, Mayor of Wokingham, Berkshire, has resigned following an investigation into his social media presence. Lucey’s Facebook page included likes to a fan page to the Dutch politician as well as the former UKIP leadership candidate Raheem Kassam who has just self-published a book called Enoch Was Right: ‘Rivers of Blood’ 50 Years On.
Lucey decided to step down with immediate effect after an investigation was launched into his posting of links to politically incorrect websites, the Wokingham Paper reported. He had won a third term as Wokingham’s mayor last May – his previous term of office was in 2013.
A member of the public who had been spying on Lucey, allegedly allerted another member of the council, Andy Croy. After a single complaint was made about his social media activity, including him expressing concern about mass migration, and linking conservative websites, Lucey was hounded by his only enemy.
Croy contacted Wokingham Conservatives to demand they launch a probe. The Wokingham Paper has seen the complaint by Croy. And in a letter in this week’s Wokingham Paper, Croy called on Lucey to resign, painting him as an extremist.
Croy happens to be the only Labour Councillor on the Wokingham Borough Council.
The sites that the Wokingham town councillor has linked, include The Gatestone Institute, We Are At Home, a page for people “sick of increasing political correctness” and links to webpages examining racism against whites and mass immigration.
Croy complained: “I saw the messages and wrote to the Wokingham Conservatives, pointing out that I thought it was Islamophobic and that they needed to deal with it.
“He posted something along the lines of ‘mass immigration has destroyed your future’. I demanded his resignation.”
There are also posts from Lucey showing him with conservative Canadian personality Mark Steyn at a book signing, which is being portrayed as an “outrage” by Croy. Steyn is a mainstream contributor to Fox News and a New York Times-bestselling author.
Croy also complained that on Facebook Lucey had “liked” Tommy Robinson, leader of the English Defence League; Patriot Promotional Page: Patriots voice, run by UK Pegida; Generation Identitaire; An Inquiry into Islam; Jihad Watch; Pegida Canada; Infidels of Britain; and We Need to Talk About Islam.
According to Croy, Lucey followed several racist and “Islamophobic” Twitter accounts. “Mr Lucey clearly has an unhealthy interest in parts of the political spectrum which disgust and repulse fair minded people” Croy wrote in his complaint.
“A person with these views should not be representing our town and should not be visiting schools or charities and should never, ever, have been selected as town mayor. That he has become mayor is a source of deep and abiding shame for all who love Wokingham and all who oppose any form of discrimination and prejudice.”
In a statement, Wokingham Town Council declared: “Councillor Peter Lucey has today resigned from Wokingham Town council for personal reasons.”
Lucey told the Bracknell News: “Well, I didn’t post much, a lot of social media is complex, and I’m not a great social media person, it’s possible that you can post the wrong thing and if anyone is offended I truly apologise.”
The Mayor’s Wokingham borough shares territory with Theresa May’s Parliamentary Constituency of Maidenhead. It would explain why he deleted his Twitter and Facebook accounts following the attacks on him.
Not only did Lucey resign from his post as Mayor but also from his membership of the Conservative party.