Former Chair of Conservative Party calls Harlow Tory” bigot” over Islamophobic tweets

Update: Peter Lamb has resigned from the Conservative Party. He will not be the candidate in Staple Tye for Harlow District Council elections.


A FORMER chair of the Conservative Party and member of the House of Lords has pointed to social media comments by a Harlow Conservative as examples of the institutionalised racism she believes exists within her party.

Baroness Warsi has made repeated calls for a full independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the party.

On Monday, she highlighted the tweets of Peter Lamb, who has been a Conservative candidate for Harlow District Council and is regularly campaigning on the streets of Harlow. YH understands he is standing in the ward of Staple Tye in May.

Baroness Warsi said: “Ok so here we go again. Another week another bunch of bigots to try and expel from my Party. ⁦
#DailyDetox. Is this person a member? ⁦@BrandonLewis⁩

“What action do you intend to take?”

Recently, Mr Lamb apologised for a tweet he made in relation to transgender issues.

The tweets Baroness Warsi highlighted are from 2017. YH questioned Mr Lamb about them when he stood in the Toddbrook By-election in 2017.

Warsi has made repeated calls for a full independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the party.

The campaigning organisation Hope Not Hate accused the party of being “in denial’ about the extent of anti-Muslim feeling among its rank and file.

YH contacted Harlow Conservatives but they had yet to reply at time of publication.

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17 Responses to "Former Chair of Conservative Party calls Harlow Tory” bigot” over Islamophobic tweets"

  1. Costanza   March 5, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Tweets from 2017? Why then, pray tell, did the Tories reselect him this year? Clearly they have run out of Hardwares and Johnsons to dig up.

    This is a party clearly unconcerned with Islamophobia in their ranks. I wonder how many Muslims he knows or has ever known? Like every bigot, not many of any at all.

    This is a disgraceful indictment on the chaos within the Harlow Conservative Party and they should drop him immediately.

  2. simoncarter   March 5, 2019 at 9:14 am

    As opposed to the chaos within the Labour Party nationally where antisemitism runs rife and locally, where they bullied four experienced and popular councillors out of their seats last year. People who live in glass houses?

  3. Costanza   March 5, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Are you going to expel Peter Lamb, yes or no? I live in Staple Tye and I deserve to know.

  4. jhumphreys84   March 5, 2019 at 10:54 am

    I’m kind of with her on this. his twitter does seem to be a bit full of hate, Brexit and a load of old other uninformed polarised populist cack…

    PS yes i vote conservative, and to other comment above, what has Labour got to do with this. yes they are going through problems with anti-semitism but it has nothing to do with this man. And too Costanza…that’s quite a jump to say the party is in chaos in Harlow. Effective opposition, not really, but chaos…come on, be realistic.

  5. Costanza   March 5, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I’d call them being called out by a baroness from their own party after selecting a man with form for Islamophobia a sign of chaos.

    This, along with their frankly bizarre obsession with the Momentum group (which few Harlow residents actually care about) shows a party not interested in supporting the people of Harlow but rather playing their own inward looking games.

  6. jhumphreys84   March 5, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    So would you say Labour are in complete chaos then? With many more examples of antisemitisim

    I agree with you on the obsession with momentum, it’s unusual, a national issue and as you say on the ground few people care. It does have worrying trends of bulldozing anyone who disagrees with them, as politics is a broad church, but again…doesn’t really matter in Harlow. While it is focused on political point scoring, sadly the Labour party in Harlow are exactly the same too. Look at Laura McAlpine, constantly goes on about how bad stuff is under the conservatives and county council without coming up with any alternatives or saying what she would have done better.

    More worrying is the council’s local development plan. This is Labour and it’s utterly awful. Build as many houses as possible on green belt land without any thought of what to do with roads, schools and GP surgeries. For a party that cares about investment in services for people, the LDP is going to choke Harlow to death and put so much pressure on already stretched services. THat is not supporting the people of Harlow…

  7. MickyB77   March 5, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Peter Lamb has resigned from the Tory party, completely.
    So Costanza, you’ll have to find another kicking post.

  8. MickyB77   March 5, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Has the Baroness instigated any investigations into the grooming gangs, all moslems, who have plagued this country for years, or called for proper
    investigations, into the drug dealing in the black and asian communities which is causing death, and un-told misery, across this land ?
    I bet she hasn’t.

  9. jhumphreys84   March 5, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    You really shouldn’t be using the term Moslems. Whilst once it may have been used before the 1940s its now associated with far right wing racist groups. You wouldn’t use the N word for black communities and you shouldn’t use this for followers of Islam. It makes you look like a fool and has no place to be posted on sites like this

  10. MickyB77   March 6, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Who are these far right groups ?
    Do they all qualify as followers ?
    Do you think that the young girls who were abused, by Islamists, would know the difference ?
    They all attend the same mosques,do they not ?
    By any chance, jh84, are you a teacher ?
    Are you up to speed now Costanza ?
    Momentum prosecuted for falsifying finance accounts !

  11. jhumphreys84   March 6, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I’m not a teacher no. Nor do I vote Labour, i think it’s socialist rubbish at the moment too.

    Is there a problem in some communities with Muslim gangs, yes, has political correctness stopped them being prosecuted before, yes. Do they represent all grooming gangs, no, and is it the majority, no. Grooming and sexual assault happens everywhere. I bet it’s a mainly white problem too just not organised the same way and not just in Muslim gangs so to vilify one group for it is utterly wrong. Same with drugs…it’s not just one community, and nor do you need to use offensive labeling to make the point, which is flawed.

  12. MickyB77   March 6, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Typical soft approach that misses the point completely.
    Black youth gangs, also groom and abuse girls too, as couriers and weapon providers and drug carriers, but don’t have a 35 year track record as do the muslims, who also deal drugs. Just for you.
    Grooming and sexual violence, doesn’t happen everywhere, just in certain areas. Check out your geography.
    Unless you don’t follow the press, I’ll tell you, that for the last 35 years, the problem on the scale we have seen, has been exclusively ?
    Offensive to you, maybe, but not necessarily to all.
    “mainly white problem”, you should be ashamed of yourself.
    The problem has been hidden, for years, if you’re not aware ?

    Don’t keep making excuses for problems that have been around for a while.

  13. jhumphreys84   March 6, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Are you seriously suggesting that sexual abuse is a problem caused by ethnic communities? Did it not exist before the 1970s then? Ever heard of catholic priests? Violence didn’t exist either before then…guess stories about the Krays etc was just made up and nostalgic tomfoolery.

    Crime statistics aren’t hidden and every community has its bad as well as it’s good. Wherever there is deprivation, crime usually follows…this isn’t an exclusively ethnic problem. I see plenty of smack heads, thieves and criminals around Harlow who are white.

    Am I right in thinking you can’t see what Peter Lamb has done wrong here? Regardless of politics, racist drivel based on no facts has any place in any political party…labour or conservative

  14. Costanza   March 7, 2019 at 6:55 am

    MickyB77 can’t see what Peter Lamb has done wrong because MickyB77 is in fact Peter Lamb.

  15. MickyB77   March 7, 2019 at 11:30 am

    I think that you, and Costanza, are soft lefties, who, in keeping with many of
    that ilk, accuse anybody who disagrees with them as racists or even worse.
    Antifas to the core, pretending to be otherwise.
    Unless you’ve forgotten, free speech that doesn’t agree with your viewpoint,
    is still allowed.
    Some of the stuff that Peter Lamb said, and wrote is a bit near the knuckle , but
    it’s ages old, and, has he ever been prosecuted ?
    Amen to y’all.

  16. Costanza   March 7, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    That’s not a denial, darling.

    It’s a long comment but then you’ve got a bit more time on your hands now haven’t you Peter!

  17. jhumphreys84   March 7, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    MikeyB77, what is your obsession with thinking that those who disagree you are softies and lefties. Equally, why did you label me as a teacher? Did i label you as a fat middle aged white van driving, England flag out the window, staffy owning racist who doesn’t have two GCSE’s to rub together? No, because I have no idea who you are, and what your views are based on, you could be anyone. There’s a broad spectrum of views, politics and people.

    I often disagree with Costanza on here as I sit on the right in politics on a lot of issues. I very much disagree with Labour policies too. But i at least try to base my arguments on proper thought, not just hatred and flawed UKIP policies and try to see why others come at it they way they do, rather than just throwing insults at everyone who’s not like me or because they disagree with me. Also there is a difference between free speech and being insulting. Equally if you don’t like free speech back then don’t dish it out and use it as an argument…it works both ways. You have to ears and one mouth, use them in that ratio.

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