Friday, September 14, 2007

U.K.: Black Councillor Accused of Homosexual Slurs

Maybe she forgot that homosexuality trumps blackness:

"A Labour politician beat a gay Liberal Democrat opponent in a London local election by making homophobic comments about him to voters, a court has heard.

Nicholas Russell told Waltham Forest magistrates his running mate, Miranda Grell, had a "disgusting attitude". He said Ms Grell told voters her rival Barry Smith claimed to be married yet had a 14-year-old Thai boyfriend.

Ms Grell, 29, denies four counts of making false statements about another candidate to gain electoral advantage.

Mr Smith, 56, who has a long-term 39-year-old Malaysian partner, had served on Waltham Forest Council in east London for three years and was defending a 600-vote majority in last year's elections.

The court heard Mr Smith was devastated by the way he had lost his seat to Ms Grell by 28 votes. He later moved to northern England.