Melton Borough Council

Melton Borough Council stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Published Thursday, 11th June 2020

Black Lives Matter is a global campaign against violence and systemic racism towards black and ethnic minority people.

Following the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, protests against racism have been taking place throughout the world.

The Council wishes to add its voice and support to those who stand for racial equality, to reiterate its commitment to tackle racial injustice and abuse in all its forms and wherever it is found.

The Council is aware that one of its councillors recently tweeted a hashtag which has been used by members of white supremacist groups and wishes to place on record that it utterly condemns this kind of behaviour and that this does not represent the views of Councillors or officers.

Cllr Joe Orson, Leader of Melton Borough Council said

“As Leader of the Council I want to be clear that we completely condemn any form of racism and systemic oppression of black people, and that we fully support Black Lives Matter. I am aware that a member of my group has tweeted an inappropriate comment and whilst I am assured this was an act of naivety, it still represents completely unacceptable behaviour. This has been addressed with him in the strongest terms and as a result he has volunteered to resign from the ruling group with immediate effect, pending a full investigation, and has made a public apology. This matter has been taken very seriously.

The tragic death of George Floyd has shocked us all and is a reminder of the need to speak up and keep up the fight against racism, discrimination and inequality. We need to start challenging ourselves and asking what we can do better – I will be asking this of myself, council staff and councillors in the future. I want to encourage everyone, from any racial background to speak up and expose racism and I want to reassure everyone that as a Council we will stand by you.”

Cllr Lumley has issued the following apology: “I am not a racist and I support Black Lives Matter. I am extremely sorry for my tweet and apologise unreservedly for any offence I have caused. I am committed to educating myself further on this subject.”

The Council will be lighting its building purple for the next week in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and as a visible reminder of its ongoing commitment to support the fight against racism.