Former Forest of Dean parliamentary hopeful apologises for ‘abusive rant’

By Carmelo Garcia in Politics

A FORMER Labour parliamentary candidate for the Forest of Dean has apologised for hurling an obscene rant at a political opponent’s election canvasser during the run-up to the recent county council elections.

District councillor Bruce Hogan (Lab, Lydbrook & Ruardean) wrote an apology to Thom Forester who had been delivering leaflets on behalf of his grandfather Cllr Andrew Gardiner, who was standing as an independent for the Drybrook and Lydbrook ward, in April.

Mr Forester said that Cllr Bruce Hogan swore at him and during the rant said, ‘we don’t want your kind around here’.

Cllr Hogan said he had met with Cllr Gardiner to try and arrange a meeting to apologise to Mr Forester face to face because he said he had treated him with appalling rudeness.

In the letter to Mr Forester, Cllr Hogan said: “I had hoped that Andrew would bring you to meet with me because I wanted to look you in the eye when I said this.

“My reaction to you when you were delivering Mr Gardiner’s election material was outrageous and totally unacceptable for that I offer you an unreserved and unconditional apology.

Cllr Hogan stood for MP during the 2010 general election losing to Conservative Mark Harper by 11,064 votes.

Cllr Hogan concluded: “For the language and aggression that I showed towards you I am truly sorry.

“I had always considered myself to be an open and tolerant person who would not jump to judgements about individuals.”