Belfast Telegraph

Council lodges complaint over Britain First Jayda Fransen City Hall video

By Jonathan Bell

Independent unionist councillor Jolene Bunting has said the council has made a complaint to the Local Government Commissioner for Standards over the video of Jayda Fransen in City Hall.

Councillor Bunting facilitated a tour of City Hall for the Britain First deputy leader. However, Ms Fransen took the opportunity to film a statement from the Lord Mayor's chair about her forthcoming trial for alleged hate speech, which she denies.

The council said no request to film in the chamber was made and it would investigate the matter.

The video sparked controversy with councillors saying it was an "abuse of privilege" and "derogatory to the democratic space".

Ms Bunting said the furore around the video had been "unbelievable" but reiterated she had done nothing wrong.

In a Facebook post she said she had met the council chief executive who informed her a complaint was being made on Friday. She said she would cooperate with the Local Government Commissioner's likely investigation fully as she was a "law abiding citizen".

She also confirmed it was the second complaint made about her to the Local Government Commissioner.

Green councillor Georgina Milne lodged a complaint about a video featuring Jayda Fransen and Ms Bunting outside the Belfast Islamic Centre. It's alleged Ms Bunting breached the councillors' code of conduct by "endorsing the views".

In it Jayda Fransen refers to the "Islamification of the mainland" and says London "looks more like Pakistan than England".

She also refers to the Islamic Centre, located near to the Malone Road, as a "den of iniquity".

Belfast City Council has been asked for a comment.

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