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‘Utterly vile’ anti-Tory banner condemned by Labour mayor

The banner was spotted in Manchester as the Conservatives gathered for their party conference.

Andy Burnham described the banner as ‘utterly vile’ (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Andy Burnham described the banner as ‘utterly vile’ (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

By David Hughes, PA Political Editor

The mayor of Greater Manchester has condemned an “unacceptable” banner which threatened Tories as they arrived in the city for their party conference.

The banner said “130,000 killed under Tory rule, time to level the playing field”.

Andy Burnham, a former Labour cabinet minister and now mayor of Greater Manchester, said the sign was “completely unacceptable” and was being removed.

Tory councillor Kerry Boyd spotted the offensive sign in Manchester as she went for a pre-conference run.

She said on Twitter: “Does this classify as death/terrorist threat? Utterly vile.”

Ms Boyd is a councillor on Thanet District Council in Kent.

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