North Tyneside Council has been criticised after it demanded Tory councillors took down Union Jack bunting which was hanging in the party’s Group Room.
In a message sent to leader of North Tyneside Conservatives, councillor Sean Brockbank, Bryn Roberts who’s head of Law and Governance at North Tyneside Council reportedly said the flags were “not appropriate” and “overtly political.”
In leaked messages Mr Roberts wrote:
“Whilst delivering post today, it was noted that the above pictures, together with a quantity of Union Flag bunting, has been erected in the Conservative Group Room. This is not an appropriate use of the room (and risks becoming an overtly political matter in an apolitical venue), so I will make arrangements for them to be removed at the end of the day.”
An outraged Councillor Brockbank blasted:
“The Union Flag is part of our national identity and is indeed flown in government buildings up and down the country – it is astonishing that this is not allowed in North Tyneside. The flag is one of the most recognisable symbols of the UK across the world, people look to it as a sign of hope and freedom – we firmly believe it should be flown, and indeed displayed with pride.”
The flags have since been taken down.