UKIP bosses defend Little Lever councillor after his 'joke' about women making tea

UKIP bosses defend Little Lever councillor after his 'joke' about women making tea

MEP Paul Nuttall

Cllr Paul Richardson

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

DEPUTY leader of UKIP Paul Nuttall has defended a Bolton councillor who joked that newly-appointed cabinet ministers could “take it in turns to make the tea” in Number 10.

Little Lever councillor Paul Richardson, the first UKIP candidate to be elected in Greater Manchester, was accused of sexism when he posted the remarks on his Facebook page following the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle.

Joan Johnson, chairman of UKIP in Bolton, said she was offended by the comments and called for him to apologise but Mr Nuttall has said the incident has been blown out of proportion.

Speaking from Brussells, the North West MEP said: “It’s a joke. So what if people are offended? I’m not going to say Joan has overreacted. I just think people need to take a joke.

“I think these women in the Cabinet are over promoted, but then most politicians are.

“What a world would we live in if people couldn’t take a joke, even if it is politically incorrect.”

After the local election in May, when Cllr Richardson swept to victory along with Cllr Diane Parkinson in Hulton, leader of UKIP Nigel Farage congratulated the pair in comments to The Bolton News.

Mr Farage’s office was unavailable for comment in relation to Cllr Richardson’s comment, the latest in a string of gaffs nationally for the party.

It is understood a branch meeting will take place tonight to discuss Cllr Richardson’s fate within the party. Cllr Richardson has so far refused to apologise for the comments or remove them.

On Tuesday, he uploaded a picture of himself clearing up the precinct in Little Lever after vandals tore out flowers from Bolton Council planters with the quip “My penance for crackin’ jokes about wimin”.

A spokesman for Bolton Council said they had not received any formal complaints about Cllr Richardson’s post.

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10:13am Thu 24 Jul 14

What the Deuce!! says...

"latest in a string of gaffs, a branch meeting will take place tonight to discuss Cllr Richardson’s fate within the party"

Come on Elaine, Judging by the comments section on the original article and the general feeling that people should learn to take a joke you are still trying to squeeze a scandal from this non story.

I applaud Cllr Richardson’s refusal to bow to bullying from yourselves and political opponents to remove the comment or apologise for making it.

It almost appears that you have Personal issues with UKIP as a party as you try to milk this "scandal" for all it's worth.

If anything people are endeared to Cllr Richardson for having a sense of humour and the balls to stand up to PC nonsense.
"latest in a string of gaffs, a branch meeting will take place tonight to discuss Cllr Richardson’s fate within the party" Come on Elaine, Judging by the comments section on the original article and the general feeling that people should learn to take a joke you are still trying to squeeze a scandal from this non story. I applaud Cllr Richardson’s refusal to bow to bullying from yourselves and political opponents to remove the comment or apologise for making it. It almost appears that you have Personal issues with UKIP as a party as you try to milk this "scandal" for all it's worth. If anything people are endeared to Cllr Richardson for having a sense of humour and the balls to stand up to PC nonsense. What the Deuce!!
  • Score: 19

10:21am Thu 24 Jul 14

LMAO@U says...

What a ridiculous world we are living in . Respect to the fact he hasn't removed or apologised for the comment as it clearly wasn't intended to offend . I wish more Councillors stood up for themselves in this way rather than use the old spin . We Brits are beginning to lose the very sense of humour that was once borne deep inside us all . Personally , I find it far more offensive to simply employ a woman simply because you need more females , rather than the fact she's the best person for the role . I couldn't think of anything as derogatory as being offered a job on who i was rather than my ability to do . That's sexist , not a simple lighthearted joke . Carry on Councillor , i'm not UKIP but i prefer my councillors like this rather than the usual sheep .
What a ridiculous world we are living in . Respect to the fact he hasn't removed or apologised for the comment as it clearly wasn't intended to offend . I wish more Councillors stood up for themselves in this way rather than use the old spin . We Brits are beginning to lose the very sense of humour that was once borne deep inside us all . Personally , I find it far more offensive to simply employ a woman simply because you need more females , rather than the fact she's the best person for the role . I couldn't think of anything as derogatory as being offered a job on who i was rather than my ability to do . That's sexist , not a simple lighthearted joke . Carry on Councillor , i'm not UKIP but i prefer my councillors like this rather than the usual sheep . LMAO@U
  • Score: 13

10:31am Thu 24 Jul 14

Gore Seer says...

It Seems We Are Going Backwards To The Middle Ages, Witch Hunting, Burn Em All.
It Seems We Are Going Backwards To The Middle Ages, Witch Hunting, Burn Em All. Gore Seer
  • Score: 2

1:45pm Fri 25 Jul 14

adatherton says...

He did it deliberately to get publicity. And it's worked. Of course you could read it as a ironic comment on why Cameron did it. Women cabinet ministers just before an election to get the female vote.
He did it deliberately to get publicity. And it's worked. Of course you could read it as a ironic comment on why Cameron did it. Women cabinet ministers just before an election to get the female vote. adatherton
  • Score: 3

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