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Peter Lagoda quits UKIP

Political News from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

Political News from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

County councillor Peter Lagoda has quit UKIP after an independent report found he made comments that were “racist, derogatory and discriminatory”.

The comments were made during a visit to Wisbech Fire Station in which he called his half-sister, who lives in Africa, a “w*g” and described his “Mongol” relatives as having children “with slanty eyes”.

A complaint was made to the county council by a firefighter who had overheard the comments and a review upheld the complaint, stating he had brought the council into disrepute.

It was recommended that Mr Lagoda write an apology to the fire service, which he did following the incident, and attend training on equality and diversity issues.

At the time, Mr Lagoda defended his comments, which were not made in a public forum. He said his relatives were from Mongolia, making them Mongols, and their children were “very cute”. He added that the word “w*g” is derived from the golliwog doll.

Mr Lagoda was already suspended from UKIP after being charged with benefit fraud and a party spokesperson said they did not tolerate racism.

He will now sit as an independent on the county council.

 

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