Lee Rigby slogan prompts apology

Hampshire Chronicle: The Electoral Commission apologised after allowing extremist party British First to use a slogan featuring murdered soldier Lee Rigby The Electoral Commission apologised after allowing extremist party British First to use a slogan featuring murdered soldier Lee Rigby

The Electoral Commission has been forced to make an embarrassing apology after allowing an extremist party to use a slogan featuring murdered soldier Lee Rigby.

The watchdog had given the green light for Britain First to use the description "Remember Lee Rigby" on voting slips for next month's European poll.

Commission chair Jenny Watson said: "We are deeply sorry for the offence that has been caused and I have apologised to Lee Rigby's family.

"We are particularly sorry at the pain that this will cause them, particularly since polling day falls on the first anniversary of Drummer Rigby's murder.

"The party description 'Remember Lee Rigby' that was registered for use at the European Elections in May by 'Britain First' should never have been permitted.

"We are sorry that the decision we made means that voters in Wales will now see the description on the ballot paper when they vote.

"We have looked carefully at what can be done to stop this from happening and we greatly regret that we have not found a way for the ballot papers to be changed. We will ensure the description is removed from the register for future elections."

The Commission said it had signed off the slogan for the party to use across the UK.

However, Britain First has opted not to deploy it in Scotland, and is not believed to be fielding candidates in England.

It is not clear if any individuals are facing disciplinary action over the error.

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7:43pm Sat 26 Apr 14

welshmen says...

Britain First, they can't stop them, the police arrest it's leader for telling the truth, B/F they don't like Islam in our Country, the same as Millions of British Natives,Islam should all move to an Islamic state....
Britain First, they can't stop them, the police arrest it's leader for telling the truth, B/F they don't like Islam in our Country, the same as Millions of British Natives,Islam should all move to an Islamic state.... welshmen
  • Score: 2

9:36pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Excluded again says...

Britain First exploiting the name of Lee Rigby for political purposes. Not caring that they are causing offence and distress to Lee Rigby's family. Beneath contempt.

All decent people' thoughts and sympathies will be with Lee Rigby's family on the first anniversary of his brutal murder. Not how they can exploit the family's grief and pain for their own benefit.
Britain First exploiting the name of Lee Rigby for political purposes. Not caring that they are causing offence and distress to Lee Rigby's family. Beneath contempt. All decent people' thoughts and sympathies will be with Lee Rigby's family on the first anniversary of his brutal murder. Not how they can exploit the family's grief and pain for their own benefit. Excluded again
  • Score: 6

9:41pm Sat 26 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

welshmen wrote:
Britain First, they can't stop them, the police arrest it's leader for telling the truth, B/F they don't like Islam in our Country, the same as Millions of British Natives,Islam should all move to an Islamic state....
Be quiet, vile Islamophobe.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: Britain First, they can't stop them, the police arrest it's leader for telling the truth, B/F they don't like Islam in our Country, the same as Millions of British Natives,Islam should all move to an Islamic state....[/p][/quote]Be quiet, vile Islamophobe. The Hoffster
  • Score: 0

12:41am Sun 27 Apr 14

BIGGLESTOE says...

Islam yet another murderous religion that must be removed swiftly from this land of ours ASAP, in my opinion thank you! Any other Religion, is utter b@ll@x. I am sick of the scum that hides behind their version of the messiah for their twisted goals.
Islam yet another murderous religion that must be removed swiftly from this land of ours ASAP, in my opinion thank you! Any other Religion, is utter b@ll@x. I am sick of the scum that hides behind their version of the messiah for their twisted goals. BIGGLESTOE
  • Score: 0

10:09am Sun 27 Apr 14

welshmen says...

The Hoffster wrote:
welshmen wrote:
Britain First, they can't stop them, the police arrest it's leader for telling the truth, B/F they don't like Islam in our Country, the same as Millions of British Natives,Islam should all move to an Islamic state....
Be quiet, vile Islamophobe.
High, "vile Islamaphobe", that's brave sat behind your key board, you must be sucked in with Islam right up to your boot straps, your either a Muslim, a member of the modern Third Reich movement to destroy our Country the UAF, who are closely aligned to the Progressive Liberal Elite and Islam.

You seem not to have not a clue about Islam, do you have Muslim mates?, they treat you OK you think their just like us, born here, speak just like us, well that is all you have in common with them, the word "Taqiyya" and "Kitman" which is in the Qur'an, it allows Muslims to lie to non believers, another word "Makara" means to "plot or scheme" similar to what seems to have taken place in the 25 schools in Birmingham and other London Councils, Islam and fear are the Islamic loop, once your in very rare you leave alive, you need to wise up, read what Islam has in store for you and your Family.... www.thereligionofpea
ce.com/quran/011-taq
iyya.htm

Name calling on here is not brave it's more like your a coward, can't debate, Racism, Islam, Homosexuals, all need to be debated, other wise if the talking stops the civil unrest begins, and we don't want that yet....
Check out Mr Warmonger him self, your mate Tony Blair, see what he's saying about your of Islam or The Religion of Peace....
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: Britain First, they can't stop them, the police arrest it's leader for telling the truth, B/F they don't like Islam in our Country, the same as Millions of British Natives,Islam should all move to an Islamic state....[/p][/quote]Be quiet, vile Islamophobe.[/p][/quote]High, "vile Islamaphobe", that's brave sat behind your key board, you must be sucked in with Islam right up to your boot straps, your either a Muslim, a member of the modern Third Reich movement to destroy our Country the UAF, who are closely aligned to the Progressive Liberal Elite and Islam. You seem not to have not a clue about Islam, do you have Muslim mates?, they treat you OK you think their just like us, born here, speak just like us, well that is all you have in common with them, the word "Taqiyya" and "Kitman" which is in the Qur'an, it allows Muslims to lie to non believers, another word "Makara" means to "plot or scheme" similar to what seems to have taken place in the 25 schools in Birmingham and other London Councils, Islam and fear are the Islamic loop, once your in very rare you leave alive, you need to wise up, read what Islam has in store for you and your Family.... www.thereligionofpea ce.com/quran/011-taq iyya.htm Name calling on here is not brave it's more like your a coward, can't debate, Racism, Islam, Homosexuals, all need to be debated, other wise if the talking stops the civil unrest begins, and we don't want that yet.... Check out Mr Warmonger him self, your mate Tony Blair, see what he's saying about your of Islam or The Religion of Peace.... welshmen
  • Score: -2
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