'Racist' Bridlington shunned by union
Sunday 03 October 1993
BEMUSED inhabitants of Bridlington were last night coming to terms with losing thousands of pounds worth of trade after the National Association of Probation Officers members branded the town as politically incorrect.
Hoteliers and restaurateurs heard that left-wing members of Britain's most right-on union had persuaded colleagues that holding an annual conference in the resort would be offensive to homosexuals, blacks, Asians and women.
Mary Davies, who resigned from the union's national executive committee rather than go to Humberside, claimed that members would feel 'isolated' and would be likely to experience 'racist and oppressive behaviour'. When asked why, she said there had been an 'incident' involving a black member at a previous probation officers' conference in Bridlington, but she could 'not remember the details'.
Yesterday, the union leadership tacitly admitted the boycott had worked: 700 members were needed to make the Bridlington AGM quorate, Harry Fletcher, a NAPO spokesman said, and just 325 had registered. 'We have been forced to take a pragmatic decision to go to Derby instead,' he said. 'We regret that the people of Bridlington feel insulted.'
Bridlington's tourist board said that any accusation of prejudice was a ludicrous slur. There had been no recent case of sexual assault, 'gay bashing' or racial abuse.
Local officials did, however, admit that the probation officers may have been unused to local plain speaking. One Napo conference organiser said she was told by a hotelier. 'I hope you're not like Cohse (the health service union). My staff had their backs to the wall all the time they were here.'
- 1 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 2 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 Spiritual leader allegedly manipulated 400 men into removing testicles to be 'closer to God'
Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
Spiritual leader allegedly manipulated 400 men into removing testicles to be 'closer to God'
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
£24000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Graduate/Junior Software Deve...
£15000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An experienced Sales Executive ...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Night Porters are required to join a family-ow...
£20000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Recruitment Genius Ltd continue...