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

18:13 03 February 2014

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TDC's former chairman Danny Mayzes

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

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.”

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