A Greater Manchester councillor has sparked outrage after tweeting an image of a leaflet seeming to criticise benefits for immigrants - and claiming ‘only suckers work’ in England.
Trafford Tory Matthew Sephton posted an image of a flyer seemingly aimed at foreigners, urging them to come to England to get ‘free’ benefits.
The leaflet reads:
The leaflet goes on to say those who ‘qualify’ can expect to enjoy free housing, utilities, food, medical and transport services, and legal aid, in the UK. It says people can ‘collect for life’, adding that those who want to ‘receive all of this without working for a living’ should ‘contact the benefits agency’.
The image was accompanied with the tweet:
The post was quickly criticised by Twitter users.
One simply dubbed the post ‘disgusting’ - and another ‘ignorant’. Councillor Sephton, chairman of the Greater Manchester Conservative group, courted controversy last year after calling migrants who refused to stay at refugee camps ‘ungrateful’ - and that they should be sent back to where they came from.
His comments came amidst a growing refugee crisis across Europe, with thousands fleeing war-torn Syria.
Councillor Sephton, who is campaigning for Britain to leave the EU, did not face any action from the Conservatives.