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UK politician fired for 'racist' email

Tory Councillor Ellenor Bland is under fire by the Commission for Racial Equality, Britain's race watchdog.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2006 16:22 IST

A Conservative councillor and former parliamentary candidate in Britain has been suspended from the party after she allegedly posted a racist poem about illegal immigrants on email.

Councillor Ellenor Bland is under investigation by the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), Britain's race watchdog, according to media reports.

The poem mocks Pakistani immigrants coming to Britain to claim benefits.

The text, entitled "Illegal immigrants poem", describes how a migrant comes to Britain "poor and broke" and makes money by claiming welfare benefits before inviting friends "in turbans" from his home country to come and join him, according to the Daily Mail newspaper.

The email ends: "Please send this to every British taxpayer you know."

"It is totally unacceptable for elected representatives to be distributing this kind of material," said Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey.

Davey reported Bland to the CRE, asking its chairman Trevor Phillips to rule on whether the message conformed with the watchdog's guidelines to political parties and individuals.

Bland, who represents the Conservatives on Calne Town Council in Wiltshire and was the party's candidate in Swansea East in last year's general election, had denied having sent the message. However, she later claimed the email was sent by "accident" by her husband and the row had been "blown out of proportion".