Councillor sorry over ‘hate’ tweet

APOLOGY: Mike Pevitt

A LABOUR councillor has been given a formal warning after tweeting that allegations of antisemitism were a plot by “Jewish Tories”.

And now Salford councillor Mike Pevitt has met the Manchester Jewish Representative Council, as well as the Jewish Leadership Council, to discuss his comments — and apologise.

Chairman Jacky Buchsbaum said: “I have fully accepted Cllr Pevitt’s apology on behalf of the community and wish to draw a line under the matter.

“I noted with interest Mike’s longstanding engagement with several Jewish communal organisations and would also like to place on record my gratitude to everyone at Salford Labour for the swift and decisive manner in which this matter has been dealt with.

“Moving forward, I will be looking to build upon the excellent relationship enjoyed between the Jewish community and Salford Council.”

Councillor John Merry, Deputy City Mayor at Salford City Council, said: “We have always had excellent relations with the Jewish community, which is strong and vibrant in the city.

“We’ll continue to work with all communities to tackle hate, as there is no place for it in Salford.”

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