Former mayor withdraws from Tories after social media row - The Evesham Observer

Former mayor withdraws from Tories after social media row

Evesham Editorial 20th Nov, 2020   0

A FORMER Mayor of Evesham has voluntarily withdrawn from the Conservative group on Wychavon District Council following a row over a controversial Facebook post.

Coun Mark Goodge withdrew from the group in advance of an investigation into complaints made against him.

During a discussion on Christmas songs, Coun Goodge made reference to a song by convicted paedophile Rolf Harris.

When challenged why it was on the list people could vote for on the page, Coun Goodge said: “He isn’t a convicted paedophile. There is no such offence.




“He was convicted of indecent assault of a couple of teenagers and acquitted of several other charges. He was sentenced to five years and nine months. That is not a particularly severe sentence.

“You would get more for GBH or a bank robbery. You can’t rewrite history and pretend he didn’t have a successful career, of which the song in this poll is just one aspect.”


The comment sparked a furious response from some members of the group who challenged Coun Goodge’s views.

Since the row a number of complaints have been made to Wychavon District Council, the Observer understands.

Leader of Wychavon District Council, Coun Bradley Thomas said: “Mark Goodge has rightly removed himself from the Conservative group on Wychavon District Council following comments made on Facebook.

“This will be dealt with in accordance with Conservative party procedures.”

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