Tory councillor’s nicknames: domestic abuse victims are “screamers”, gay people are “queens”

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2010

Brentwood Tory councillor Keith Parker has shown the caring, sharing side of his party in the last week. PinkNews reports:

A Tory councillor in Brentwood who made a joke about promoting gay rights and help for domestic violence victims has been accused of being offensive.

Keith Parker, the councillor for Brizes and Doddinghurst ward, remarked at a committee meeting last week that the “scream team will be conversing with the queen team”.

Following the meeting, he was criticised by Labour and Lib Dem councillors for the remarks.

Lib Dem Cllr Karen Chilvers told the Brentwood Gazette she had made a formal complaint to the council. Chilvers added that Parker’s comments were “offensive to anyone who has suffered domestic violence or is homosexual”.

Cllr Parker’s justification?

if anyone takes offence to that they haven’t seen programmes such as Mock the Week.”

An interesting defence, which suggests Cllr Parker has difficulty understanding the difference between a risque comedy panel show and a council committee meeting. He doesn’t seem very well qualified for either.