Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

Clacton: Councillor suspended for controversial Twitter comment, Danny Mayzes, writes letter of apology to Tendring District Council colleagues

18:13 03 February 2014

TDC

TDC's former chairman Danny Mayzes

Archant

A former Tendring District Council chairman has apologised to his fellow councillors as he returned to his duties following a suspension.

shares

Conservative councillor Danny Mayzes was temporarily relieved of his responsibilities at the council last year after posting a controversial comment on Twitter on October 8. He was also suspended from the Conservative Association in Clacton.

While watching the film Machete, in which vigilante gangs battle illegal immigrants on the Mexican border, Mr Mayzes wrote: “Am watching Machete – now that’s how you DEAL with immigration issues lol”.

After a complaint was made against him by the council’s chief executive and the monitoring officer Mr Mayzes was suspended until the New Year by TDC’s Conservative group for breaching “sufficient group rules”.

Now he has written a letter to the council’s members apologising again for his actions.

In the letter Mr Mayzes said he “completely accepted the decision of the Conservative group” regarding the suspension and that he agreed with the investigating officer’s report which concluded he breached the member’s code of conduct.

As part of the suspension Mr Mayzes had disabled his Twitter and Facebook accounts and in the letter added: “I have voluntarily suggested undertaking media training (including social media) and hope to complete this training as soon as the Council can facilitate it.”

In a separate statement Mr Mayzes said: “The complaint against me has now been investigated by an external person outside the council and this has been done with the impartiality and fairness that I wanted.

“I accept the findings in the investigating officer’s report and have written a letter of apology to my fellow council members.

“The message that was sent on Twitter was extremely far from the character in which people know me by.

“We all make silly mistakes and hopefully, on this occasion, lightening won’t strike twice.

“I hope that the council can now move on from such a lengthy investigation and that we, as councillors, can concentrate on doing the things that matter to our residents; electing a leader, strengthening stability and carrying on with the successful work that this council has been delivering for the people of Tendring including free parking, low council tax and excellent frontline services.

“That is the kind of work that I want to feel proud of being part of.”

shares

0 comments

Nearly 14,000 people flocked to the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion during the first three months of its re-opening. Photo: Su Anderson

The new owners of Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion are celebrating after it was revealed thousands have flocked to see shows at the recently re-opened venue.

A motorist drove into a wall in Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, on Wednesday 27th April.

An alleged drink driver crashed his BMW 525 estate into a wall and collided with three other vehicles in Sidegate Lane yesterday afternoon.

Keith Sadler at his home in Stowmarket.

A singer-songwriter from Suffolk whose life turned in a different direction due to health problems has released an album.

Candidates Tim Passmore, Cath Pickles, Helen Korfanty, Terence Carter and Simon Tobin all signed the pledge.

All five candidates running for Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner role have signed a pledge to end sexual violence against women and girls in the county.

Kevin Keen, who has left his post as manager of Colchester United this afternoon

On Sleeping Giants this week, we discuss Colchester United’s next move, the Whizzinator, sporting cheats and painful moments.

Suffolk County Council's chief executive Deborah Cadman

The union representing the largest number of staff at Suffolk County Council has called for all employees at the authority to be given the same pay rise as chief executive Deborah Cadman.

Joe and Ruth Lubbock celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary this week.

Suffolk couple Joseph and Ruth Lubbock are today celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary. LYNNE MORTIMER meets them as they mark three-quarters of a century as Mr and Mrs Lubbock.

Dog walking

Weather for the weekend is looking chilly but fair so why not head out for a stroll with your canine friend and enjoy some Suffolk pub hospitality while you’re there.

A new range of grants have been made to local good causes.
The picture shows(L to R): James Hopkins, Annie Munson, Centre Manager of Bury Women’s Aid, and Selina Hopkins.

 James and Selina visted a number of causes throughout Suffolk last week, including the Bury Women’s Aid.

Could your local project benefit from a community grant?

crazy-weather-in-suffolk-today_2016-4-26_31626_68671

Changeable is the best way to describe the weather this week, with bright sunshine one moment and hail storms the next - but expect warmer days this bank holiday weekend.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24