David Smith’s campaign to force the Mayor of Middlesborough to open gender neutral toilets at Middlesbrough Council shortly after his election to the local authority in Teeside, Yorkshire, was successful. He was elected to the ward only around two months ago.
A spokesman for the police confirmed that Smith was “due to appear at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 7 August” on these charges.
Smith represents the Conservative Party, according to the BBC, and he has since resigned with “immediate effect in light of the allegations” against him. But according to some reports, he intends to remain on the council — allowing him to continue receiving a large allowance.
The Councillor responded to the charges of serious sexual assault against underaged minors by saying that he “completely reject[s]” the “spurious allegations”. He added that he was removing himself from the party “[to] ensure I can focus all my efforts on fighting to clear my name”.
Smith claimed that he had “worked hard to ensure I serve the people of Coulby Newham to the best of my ability”.
The 30-year-old described himself “being a very proud advocate of the local LGBTQ community”. As career highlights, he also singled out “tackling the issue of pot holes” and “ordering bollards to be installed”.
“This is who I am as a person and a community activist,” he said, insisting that “the allegations made against my character are nothing more than damaging lies and moving forward, I will seek to prove this is the case in a court of law”.
Smith had previously attacked families on social media denouncing “rotten pond life families that should be sterilised and washed”. The comment was posted on an association football forum under the moniker “Smoggy89”.
In 2017, London’s Mayor issued detailed guidance to developers calling for “gender neutral” toilets to “reflect the incredible diversity” of the capital.
Sadiq Khan said he was “determined to ensure that everyone has the ability to enjoy our great city to its fullest”. He declared that toilets were “a vital public service” and in his view, they “can help to shape the experience of the capital” for residents and visitors.
“We need a range of toilets that reflect the incredible diversity of this city — giving people the confidence to move around London with dignity,” he added.
Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, told the UK daily, the Evening Standard at the time that Khan’s policy was “an ideological tsunami that sweeps commonsense and biological reality aside”.
While the Mayor is concerned about LGBT rights, he has ignored the soaring crime rates in London, which now sees more rapes, more robberies, and more violent crime than New York – once notorious for high crime rates.
When it comes to policing, Kahn has channelled funds towards initiatives such as an “online hate crime hub” costing almost £2 million.