Belfast Telegraph

Councillor in legal move over 'gagging'

By Rebecca Black

An independent councillor in Belfast says she is consulting her lawyer after having been forced into silence during a City Council meeting.

Jolene Bunting had been speaking in defence of the far-right group Britain First when she was silenced.

In response to a motion condemning Britain First “for its far-right ideas”, Ms Bunting told the chamber that a “terrorist organisation” is elected to the council, referring to Sinn Fein.

During Ms Bunting’s speech, Sinn Fein councillor Jim McVeigh proposed a motion to stop her speaking. It was passed by 37 votes to 14. The SDLP and Alliance supported it, while the DUP and UUP voted against it.

Ms Bunting said she plans to speak to her solicitor about the matter.

“I don’t think I should have been silenced, I had told the truth,” she said.

“I was pointing out that there already is a terrorist organisation elected to the council.”

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