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Labour councillor readmitted after investigation into alleged Hitler comment

Credit: Denbighshire Council

A Denbighshire councillor has been readmitted to the Labour Group following an investigation into comments made from his Facebook account.

Cllr Bob Murray was suspended in April after it was revealed that a comment from his social media claimed "Hitler had the right idea".

An investigation found "credible evidence that someone else had access to his Facebook account".

Cllr Murray, who always denied responsibility for the comments, said he was glad to return to his duties as a councillor.

He was suspended from the party in April 2019 after a social media post from his Facebook account said "Hitler had the right idea" about travellers.

The councillor for Prestatyn said at the time that he "absolutely categorically" denied writing the comment.

North Wales Police investigated the incident as an "alleged hate crime".

However an investigation found evidence to suggest someone else had access to Cllrr Murray's Facebook account.

Joan Butterfield, Leader of Denbighshire Labour Group said they "are pleased to welcome Cllr Murray back" now an investigation has found "he did not post the comments himself".

She added the party is committed to oppose any form of prejudice or discrimination.

Cllr Murray thanked people for supporting him through a difficult time.

I'm pleased this suspension has been lifted. It has been a very difficult few months that has put a huge strain on me but I would like to thank my fellow councillors, friends and residents for their support.

As the evidence shows, I did not post these abhorrent sexist, homophobic and racist comments and I never would. I deplore the actions of the person who did this and I have secured my account to make sure this does not happen again.

– Cllr Bob Murray, Labour