Hackney councillor slammed for foul-mouthed Facebook tirade on barstaff
PUBLISHED: 17:40 11 November 2010 | UPDATED: 15:32 12 November 2010
A HACKNEY councillor has been called on to resign from the borough's licensing committee after launching an expletive-laden rant about a boozer's bar staff on her Facebook page.
Louisa Thomson, Labour councillor for Stoke Newington Central, made the comments “several weeks ago” about staff at the The Stolt Head pub in Culford Road, De Beauvoir.
The post read: “we are now boycotting the Scolt’s Head (sic) – w****r bar staff and no understanding of licensing policy”.
A Facebook friend of Thomson, who was elected in a by-election in 2009, responded to comment on her wall, saying: “really? I used to love that pub.”
Cllr Thomson, who is on the council’s licensing committee, then replied: “I did too – but rudest bar staff ever – more Shoreditch hipster than a welcoming back street boozer.”
The Gazette received an image of the councillor’s Facebook page from a reader who wished to remain anonymous
The reader said: “(It is) inappropriate behaviour from a labour councillor. Not really on, is it?”
Cllr Thomson’s account is private and can only be viewed by her Facebook friends.
GLA member Andrew Boff called for the 29-year-old School Governor at Princess May Primary School, in Princess May Road, to resign from the licensing committee.
“I’m speechless; she should resign,” he said.
“I’m staggered that she thinks she can get away with these kind of comments and for them not to be noticed, especially when she is on the licensing committee where her opinions matter.
“She should not abuse Hackney businesses during a time when they are struggling to survive during the recession.
“Cllr Thomson should apologise immediately or be held in the same contempt that she has shown for this business.”
Cllr Thomson said she regretted posting the comments.
“It was a flippant remark, which I regret making and any offence caused by it,” she said.
“However, these were comments made in a personal capacity, on my private facebook profile, and do not relate to my role as a councillor.”
Rosie Wesemann, owner of the Scolt Head, said she was “disappointed” by the comments.