Petition over dead cops gaffe councillor

NILA 3-9-12 RKH 4 Wreath laying at Merchant Navy Day Ilkeston. Deputy mayor David Stephenson
NILA 3-9-12 RKH 4 Wreath laying at Merchant Navy Day Ilkeston. Deputy mayor David Stephenson

Labour councillors are collecting signatures today (Sunday) in a bid to force a councillor, who told a joke about two dead policewomen, to resign.

Cllr David Stephenson told the joke to a woman, who unbeknown to him was the wife of Nottinghamshire police officer Sgt Jason Farrar.

Cllr Stephenson was stripped of his role as lead member for resources on Erewash Borough Council and told he could never stand again for the Conservative party.

But he has said he will not resign and remains councillor for Little Hallam ward in Ilkeston.

The joke referred to Pc Nicola Bone and Pc Fiona Hughes who were killed in Greater Manchester two weeks ago.

He said: “If you get 100 points for shooting one policewoman and 200 points for shooting two policewomen, how many do you get for shooting a lawyer?”

If Cllr Stephenson were to resign it could bring about a hung council as the Tories only have a one-seat majority on Erewash Borough Council.

Erewash Labour group members and Alan Charles, Labour’s police and crime commissioner candidate for Derbyshire, will be at White Lion Square car park – in Cllr Stephenson’s ward – from 11am to collect signatures from Ilkeston residents.

More on this story in this week’s Advertiser, out Thursday.