Havering Council condemn and disassociate itself from councillor’s ‘ill formed and offensive comments’.

Havering council and all of its staff have condemned Councillor David Durrant’s recent comments on skin colour.

Following the Havering Daily article this morning where we published Councillor Durrant’s racist comments, Havering Council have issued the following statement:

Andrew Blake-Herbert, Chief Executive of Havering Council, said:

“I condemn and utterly disassociate Havering Council and all its staff from Cllr Durant’s ill-informed and offensive comments. These comments have nothing to offer either our covid response or community relations and I am sorry staff and the public have to read them.

“It is entirely right that we should be holding events to talk about racism in the workplace as sharing experiences helps us tackle injustice and the abuse that some staff have faced in the course of their work.”

Prospective Labour councillor for Rainham Fay Hough told the Havering Daily:

“I am happy that Havering Council are taking this matter as serious as they should be. I welcome Mr Blake-Herbert’s statement and sympathise with council workers who have had to read these dreadful comments made by Councillor Durrant

“It’s great that the council are holding these events to attempt to stamp out racism and inequality in the workplace. I would like to think all councillors within Havering Council would support such events but unfortunately Cllr Durrant has proven otherwise.”

Councillor Durrant , a Rainham councillor had issued the following comments:

“You say to provide a similar safe space for all, there will be a similar event for white colleagues in the near future. Alas! I’m in a quandary as to what forum meetings to attend as although I’m not a light skinned Black, I’m often a particularly when the sun shines, a dark skinned white, albeit on zoom I often look red, but I suppose my dilemma can be solved with self identification as the need arises!”

3 thoughts on “Havering Council condemn and disassociate itself from councillor’s ‘ill formed and offensive comments’.

  • 25th May 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Here we go again. Uncle Tom Cobley and, nearly all, jumping on the racist bandwagon; yet the Havering Daily, having the entire details of Mr Durrant’s article, still continue to allow councillors, Havering council and ‘all of its staff’, plus Mr Blake-Herbert – aka ‘ Mr. Turn a blind eye to Gerrymandering’, to make their views heard. All without publishing the full transcript of what Mr Durrant said. That sums up what racism has become; we’ll just cherry pick what we think we can make political gain out of and try to use it to our advantage. That’s democracy for you. Have the decency, Havering Daily, to publish the whole of Mr Durrant’s comments. He has an EQUAL RIGHT to be heard just as much as those you are listening to reference this and your previous article. You gave Mr Durrant the right of reply in ‘your’ last article. Now, exercise that right of reply and publish the full details. This will allow the entire ‘world’ to prove how wrong, or right, Mr Durrant might be. Not just a couple of people who are jumping up and down over a few sentences that could be taken out of context from an entire dialogue.


  • 25th May 2021 at 6:41 pm

    As an anti-racist I’m condemned for highlighting the council administration’s Lab/Con promotion of apartheid meetings!!!!! Instead as an old socialist trade unionist I believe there should be meetings for all employees promoting improved jobs, pay and conditions. Whereas the Corporate Woke agenda undermines this struggle on behalf of the many not the few by dividing employees along racial lines.

    • 25th May 2021 at 7:10 pm

      Unfortunately, that unfair and unproven condemnation is cynically compounded by the blatant disregard of the Havering Daily to publish the full transcript because that would prove the selected remarks used in their articles have being taken wholly out of context by a couple of people looking to push their own political agenda. So much for the right of reply offered by the Havering Daily. No bias on their part then?


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