Dudley Council’s launched an investigation after UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge said he thought the Labour party were stupid. This waste of taxpayers’ money has cost Dudley £1,700.
Labour councillors were triggered by the brilliant words of Etheridge, who called them “a procession of morons and imbeciles” and “socialist do-gooder bleeding heart Communist rat bags”. Legend!
An official complaint was lodged by Labour group leader, Councillor Pete Lowe, which led to an independent investigation.
After Bill Etheridge requested a breakdown of the costs involved in the investigation, he was told by Mohammed Farooq, the council’s monitoring officer, that investigating officer John Austin’s fee amounted to £1,286.45 for the investigation, preparation of his report and attendance at the hearing on February 27.
A further cost of £413.55 is believed to have been incurred due to council officers’ involvement in the investigation and their attendance at the meeting.
Cllr Etheridge, who is also a West Midlands MEP, said: “This is a massive bill of £1,700 for a witch hunt to close down free speech.
He said further, “The Labour Party launches a political attack on me using taxpayers’ money which they knew would have no effect. They are happy to throw other people’s money around to try and close down free speech but tell residents there is no money for essential services. They disgust me.”