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Tory councillor suspended over ‘white genocide’ claim, alleged far-right support

Tim Wills allegedly claimed there is a 'right wing minority who are on side' with far-right views in the Conservative Party, and reportedly supports Patriotic Alternative

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

A Conservative councillor has been suspended for allegedly expressing concern about “white genocide” and insisting there is a “right-wing minority (in the party) who are on-side” with far-right nationalism.

Tim Wills, a borough councillor in Worthing, appeared to support the racial nationalist group Patriotic Alternative, a report published by the anti-racism charity HOPE Not Hate shows.

Private messages allegedly sent by Wills on the Telegramchat space last month state: “My view is Covid is a loss maker for us, we just need to centre on white genocide […] because many of our white race are convinced about vaccines, but not about our replacement, and need to be informed about this?”

Another message posted on 27 of August read: “No more listening to the lies they spread, it’s the day of reckoning for the blood we share!”

On 11 June he reportedly posted a message stating: “Trying to infiltrate and influence those in power is our initial best way forward as we have no chance of political power any time soon, sadly. My view is Tories are best of a rotten lot as still have a right-wing minority who are on on side.” Patriotic Alternative was founded in 2019 by Mark Collett, a former director of publicity for the British National Party.

Two blue ticks confirm Wills read Jewish News’ request for a comment via WhatsApp but chose not to respond.

HOPE not Hate said they had also contacted Wills and local Worthing East MP Peter Bottomley for comment.

A Conservative Party spokesperson confirmed: “Cllr Tim Wills has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.”

 

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