Broughton councillor ‘should consider his position’ after Hitler jibe

The 'abhorrent' comment.
The 'abhorrent' comment.

A UKIP candidate says a Broughton councillor should think about stepping down after making a highly offensive comment involving Adolf Hitler.

Sam Watts, who is standing for election in the Northants County Council ward of Burton Latimer and Broughton, made the claim about Broughton parish councillor Martin Rose.

Sam Watts.

Sam Watts.

Mr Watts posted on social media about his campaign for election on May 4, only for Cllr Rose to comment: “I would rather vote for Adolf Hitler”.

Mr Watts, who unsuccessfully stood in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections last year, says the comment was disrespectful.

He said: “As a representative of the people in Broughton Cllr Rose has shown poor taste and disrespect to those who not only fought and died during the Second World War, but also those who support UKIP.

“It is this type of highly offensive comment which sow the seed of hate within our communities.

“Cllr Rose should consider his position.

“He does not represent all of those he serves and is clearly willing to put his personal prejudice and lack of education before the people of Broughton who deserve better.”

One Twitter user described the comments as ‘abhorrent’.

Broughton Parish Council’s clerk said Cllr Rose was not commenting in his capacity as a councillor.

Cllr Rose has not responded to the Northants Telegraph’s request for a comment.