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.”