A VETERAN East Tilbury councillor is at the centre of an alleged race storm involving a Romanian Labour canvasser.
The 28-year-old canvasser has made a complaint to Essex Police that she was racially abused whilst handing out leaflets outside Stanford House in East Tilbury on Thursday afternoon (4.20pm on Thursday 19th).
An Essex Police spokesperson said: “We have received a complaint from a 28-year-old Romanian woman regarding racial abuse whilst handing out election leaflets outside Stanford House in East Tilbury.
“Enquiries are continuing.”
Speaking to YT on Saturday morning, Independent councillor for East Tilbury, cllr John Purkiss gave his version of events.
He said: “This is a malicious allegation. There was no racial abuse. I was outside Stanford House. A woman handed a leaflet to me, I said no thanks and placed it in the bin.
“I told her to pick up the leaflets and she said ‘I don’t speak English.”
“This is typical Labour. Every election they come up with something.
“I have not heard from the police but of course I will help them with their inquiries.”
A spokesperson for the Labour group said: “There was an alleged incident in East Tilbury involving a Labour Party activist and a member of the public.
“Our activist has reported the matter to the police who we understand are investigating the incident. As such it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.