Now that the matter of the alleged Islamophobic comments made by Councillor Ardley has finally been resolved, the Waveney Labour Group are able to make their views very clear.   
We welcome the strong stance taken by the local Conservative Party  in dealing with this, and concur with their decision in this instance.  At the time of the original allegation, we felt it would have been inappropriate to make any comment at all, until a full  investigation had been carried out by Mr.Ardleys Party, to ensure that nothing would prejudice that investigation.
Now more than ever, we need to celebrate the profound and enriching transformation brought by the diversity of people in this country, with all their different experiences, talents and contributions.  The Labour Party is the party of equality. We seek to build a society free from all forms of racism, Antisemitism and Islamophobia.
Peter Byatt – Waveney Labour Group Leader
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