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Councillor who resigned after accusations of racism to stand again

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A councillor who resigned in 2013 over accusations of racism from fellow town councillors is to stand again in May.

Bryan Hawes will be standing for Haverhill South at Haverhill Town Council and is also hoping to represent Kedington at St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

“Two years ago I was accused of being verbally racist towards a Haverhill resident by a fellow town councillor,” said Mr Hawes. “After consulting with my family and fellow supporters, I decided to resign my position as a town councillor having felt I could not work in the same council as the persons who had reported me after having accepted my earlier apologies and also to protect the party’s [UKIP] image.”

The Monitoring Officer decided to take no further action and closed the case without further comment.

UKIP’s Julian Flood said: “Haverhill has folk of all races, nations and backgrounds happily getting on with their busy and productive lives.

“What a shame that some people seem happy to put that reputation at risk to score nasty and unjustified political points.

“UKIP ... always puts the interests of our residents first. I’m backing Haverhill and Kedington, and I’m backing Bryan because we know he is a decent man without a racist bone in his body.”