MP forced to take crest off website

NILABE111202c1, Ilkeston school King george Ave, gallery previes with MPJessica Lee, seen with 6th form students Rosana Bowman and Sophie Scott.
NILABE111202c1, Ilkeston school King george Ave, gallery previes with MPJessica Lee, seen with 6th form students Rosana Bowman and Sophie Scott.
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EREWASH MP Jessica Lee was forced to remove the Erewash Borough Council crest from her official website this week after a complaint was lodged with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards in Public Life.

Erewash Labour Group Leader, Cllr Howard Griffiths, wrote to John Lyon because of what he described as ‘abuse’ of the Erewash Borough crest on the Conservative MP’s website.

Cllr Griffiths said: “I had reason to view the website of Jessica Lee MP and was angered to see our borough council crest reproduced in a prominent position, next to a promotional photograph of Miss Lee and Tory Prime Minister, David Cameron.

“Erewash Borough Council is not, as yet co-terminus with the Erewash Constituency and the council is finely balanced, with the present Conservative administration having a one seat majority.

“Regardless of the size of majority, it is extremely unlikely that any composition of elected councillors would agree to the purloining of the borough crest in an overtly party political manner.”

On the same afternoon that the Advertiser made enquiries into the use of the crest it was removed from Ms Lee’s website.

She said: “I was unaware that the Erewash borough logo was on my website for a brief period of time.

“I have a new member of staff who was working on updating the site and the logo was added by mistake. Needless to say, this mistake has been rectified and won’t happen again.

“The complainant was correct to suggest that this was done unwittingly rather than by design. I apologise for this error.”

A spokesman for Erewash Borough Council said: “The crest shouldn’t have been used on the website as it the crest of Erewash Borough Council and so shouldn’t be used in a political way. Councillors or MPs should not use it on their own websites.

“My understanding is that the crest has now been removed from the site.”