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!”