"I now wish to apologise for the comments I posted about you which were `over the top' and without any concrete foundation" Labour Party Councillor Heather Fletcher
Swinton Councillor, Heather Fletcher, last night apologised to Jonny Wineberg, the Independent candidate in the Kersal by-election who took hundreds of votes off Labour allowing the Tories to win the seat for the first time in decades.
Fletcher, who lives in Kersal, joined in the false national chorus, arguing that the ballot loss was something to do with Jeremy Corbyn, posting on Facebook that "All my neighbours and people I spoke to at the hairdressers today have all told me that they decided to vote Tory because they liked Rabbi Saunders and because they think Corbyn is an inept leader".
She also accused Wineberg of being "economical with the truth", adding the scurrilous suggestion that ... "I heard that the Salford Star paid for the Independent candidate's leaflets but I don't know whether that is true" and "The Salford Star allegedly supported the Independent candidate..."*
Last night, Heather Fletcher apologised to Jonny Wineberg, writing to him...
Further to the recent article about Kersal in the Salford Star which pointed out posts I had put on Facebook, I now wish to apologise for the comments I posted about you which were "over the top" and without any concrete foundation.
I realise that I got far too involved in the Kersal by election and so became too heated on Facebook. I have also offered my apologies (which were gladly accepted) to Salford Labour for the "over the top" comments I made about Corbyn too.
I have made an excellent start to my career as a Councillor in Swinton and I don't wish to spoil things by making spur of the moment comments which can be seen by all on Facebook. I have learnt my lesson and intend to be more careful with posting comments in future.
I am pleased for Cllr Rabbi Saunders but now feel that it is time for me to put the Kersal by election behind me and concentrate on my main job in Swinton and to attend Muslim Jewish Forum and Interfaith meetings if I am free to do so
No such apology was received by the Salford Star from the Swinton councillor and we will now be putting in an official complaint against her to the Monitoring Officer at Salford City Council.
The Monitoring Officer is going to be very busy as the Salford Star has heard, allegedly, that another Swinton councillor is also the subject of an official complaint surrounding the Kersal by-election.
Meanwhile, Salford Star readers may feel free to write anything they like about Councillor Heather Fletcher, or any other Labour councillor and the Mayor himself, as long as they put the words `I heard that...but I don't know whether that is true'...
• For a full background see the previous Salford Star article Salford Labour Loss Nothing To Do With Jeremy Corbyn – click here
Update: 8:30am 13th March
Councillor Heather Fletcher has now sent a full apology to the Salford Star...
Further to the article about the recent Kersal by election in the Salford Star which referred to posts I had put on Facebook, I now wish to apologise for these comments. The comments I made about your magazine backing the Independent candidate were made without any concrete foundation and were completely untrue.
I realise that I became far too involved in the fiercely contested Kersal by- election which led to me becoming too heated on Facebook. I have made a good start in my role as a Councillor in Swinton and I do not wish to spoil things by making unsubstantiated "spur of the moment" comments which can be seen by all on Facebook. I have learnt my lesson and intend to be far more careful when posting any comments in the future
I feel it is now time for me to put this Kersal by- election behind me and concentrate on my main job as a Councillor working for the people of Swinton south who elected me to represent them 10 months ago.
Once more I am very sorry for this impulsive behaviour in posting incorrect comments about your magazine and I hope that you will accept my apologies
COUNCILLOR HEATHER FLETCHER