‘I’m not a racist’ – councillor apologises after ‘race’ remark at Tesco meeting

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A COUNCILLOR has apologised after using the phrase “n***** in the woodpile” at a public meeting.

Labour councillor Bill Jeffrey, who sits on Peterlee Town Council in County Durham, said the phrase in a planning meeting about a new Tesco store.

A probe by the standards committee found he had not behaved in a racist manner as the words were not directed at a person.

The 72-year-old said: “If I offended any of my colleagues, then I apologise.

“I’m not a racist, I have never been a racist. I work with people of all colours. It came out, I don’t know why it came out, but it came out.”