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SALFORD COUNCILLOR APOLOGISES TO JEREMY CORBYN AND JONNY WINEBERG FOR `OVER THE TOP’ KERSAL ELECTION COMMENTS
 

Star date: 12th March 2017

LABOUR COUNCILLOR HEATHER FLETCHER APOLOGISES TO JEREMY CORBYN AND INDEPENDENT KERSAL CANDIDATE – BUT NOT THE SALFORD STAR!

Labour Party Swinton Councillor, Heather Fletcher, last night apologised to Jeremy Corbyn and Independent candidate Jonny Wineberg for "over the top" comments she made in the aftermath of the Kersal by-election which Labour lost to the Tories.

No such apology has, however, been received by the Salford Star for quite scurrilous accusations made by Fletcher about this publication.

Full details here...


"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...

"Dear Jonny

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

Yours Sincerely

HEATHER

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...

Dear Sirs

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

Yours faithfully

COUNCILLOR HEATHER FLETCHER

Mark wrote
at 06:08:56 on 24 April 2017
Might have known Ferrer would be out mouthing off. She says absolutely nothing constructive just comes on here to moan and slag off others. Do us all a favour and crawl back under the rock that Felse lives under.
 
Part time socalist wrote
at 10:33:00 on 23 April 2017
Surely a gobby bint highlights quite well someone who opens her gob before putting her Brain in gear she must get it from her colleague who as a record of the same.
 
andy wrote
at 10:32:47 on 23 April 2017
Not good enough . A token apology . Let's have these arrogant clowns investigated .
 
Rob wrote
at 05:02:33 on 23 April 2017
Councillor Fletcher is a very competent councillor who will do anything for her constituents. She realised she had spoken out of line and has since apologised. I would appreciate if people didn't call her a 'gobby bint' based on this story.
 
Warika Mosby wrote
at 05:02:20 on 23 April 2017
Cllr Fletcher has apologised - leave her alone. I am one of her constituents and I went to her with an issue she was speedy and thourough and dealt with it professionally. Cut out the witch hunt and give the girl a break.
 
Mary Ferrer wrote
at 12:31:55 on 13 March 2017
Good luck with taking this councillor to salford monitoring officer. It seems salford labour councillors can put what they want on social media and on sites like The Star and Salford on line. Her fellow councillor Balkind. Now this I didn't hear in the hairdresser or while I was having a wax. I,along with other members of the public had been subjected to a load of abuse some time back on a site by this swinton councillor who should know better as he didn't just get in ( one month,ten years) if you are representing the people of Salford you should know right from wrong. Salford Labour Councillors have become stale,think they can do what they want and say what they want. But think the tide is turning
 
Blood Bath wrote
at 10:08:51 on 13 March 2017
Is that the start of the fall of Liebour council in Salford? Could this be the end of over 30 years of this rotten lot. Lets hope that new people will do some digging and we can fill the proposed prison with Ex-councilors, officers and the rest.
 
Laurence eden wrote
at 09:40:28 on 13 March 2017
Can we move Salford Town hall to the hairdresses please as they seem more organised their. Also, the labour councillor has only apologised about making future comments on Social media but no comment about her attitude off line?
 
Alice wrote
at 06:32:35 on 13 March 2017
If Councillor Fletcher wishes to be a good Councillor she must make sure she has the true facts before she passes an opinion. She made three false statements: one about Jonny Wineberg, one about Jeremy Corbyn's influence on the election results and the third about the Salford Star. She had not bothered to find the true reasons behind the election results. Apologies are ok but they will not wipe out the blot on the reputation she has given herself.
 
Donald Trump wrote
at 06:32:31 on 13 March 2017
I heard that Heather Fletcher has nothing better to do with her time, but i don't know if it's true. I mean i heard it in the hairdresser's which anyone who is everyone knows is the preeminent source of all political rumour. I heard that Howard Balkind might defect back to the conservative party because he's oh so loyal,but i don't know if its true. I heard that in a nail salon, so I'm not sure it carries the same weight as the hair salon.
 
Part time socalist retired wrote
at 06:31:55 on 13 March 2017
Seems like she follows in her colleagues path, if I recall this seems similar, comments that are made without fact or evidence to back them up. Surely this is a matter for the standards in regards to the behaviour of Councillors.
 
Jim wrote
at 06:31:38 on 13 March 2017
Oh leave Heather alone will you, doesn't the Salford Star have long existing councillors to hound rather than bullyiing a naive new addition
 
Debbie Prince wrote
at 06:30:55 on 13 March 2017
Still waiting for our apology from the gobby bint, and no reply to my letter of complaint either!
 
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