Immigration Ministers Former Agent and Association Chairman Suspended from Tory Party for Racist Slur

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes

Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes MP, is facing more controversy today as her former Election Agent and Association Chairman, Ian Hibberd, has been suspended from the Tory Party for a racist slur on Twitter.

Ian Hibberd, a member of the Mason’s, had previously been Caroline Nokes Election Agent and Association Chairman. Ian Hibberd, a long standing local Councillor, has also been the Mayor of Test Valley and Romsey.

Caroline Nokes & Cllr Ian Hibberd

This follows the Immigration Minister’s own comments about Scotland and Northern Ireland which many felt were disrespectful and ignorant.

In March 2018 Caroline Nokes MP caused outrage after suggesting the Scottish parliament had no more significance than an English county council. Conservative MP Caroline Nokes was appearing in front of the Scottish Affairs Committee when she was asked whether powers over immigration might be better devolved to Scotland. Responding to Committee Chair Pete Wishart, Nokes said: “I wouldn’t grant any powers to the Scottish Government that I wouldn’t grant to Lincolnshire county council.”

More recently, the Immigration Minister took part in a car-crash Westminster Northern Ireland Affairs Committee where she admitted not being familiar with the Good Friday Agreement and bizarrely gave the excuse that 20 years ago she was “probably giving birth” which was why she was not familiar with the issue!

View the Caroline Nokes’s “giving birth” excuse for not reading the Good Friday Agreement


A FORMER mayor has been suspended by the Conservative Party after posting a racial slur on the internet.

Romsey Advertiser 1st June 2018

Cllr Ian Hibberd has apologised after posting the “ridiculous” remark on Facebook. Up until a few weeks ago, the 68-year-old had been mayor of Romsey, and was the mayor of Test Valley between 2009 and 2010.

Now suspended from the Romsey and Southampton North Conservative Association, it comes amid calls from the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) for an independent inquiry into allegations of Islamophobia within the national Conservative Party.

The comment came in response to a photo posted on Facebook by Wellow parish councillor Harmeet Singh Brar, during his current trip to India.

The racist comment, which was offensive to Mr Brar’s heritage, is not appropriate to print in a family newspaper.

Wellow Parish Councillor Harmeet Singh Brar (L)

Mr Brar said he wanted Hibberd to be kicked out of the party for the “ridiculous” slur that harked back to the 1970s. The Wellow councillor resigned from his position in the Conservative Association and joined the Liberal Democrats earlier this year.

He said: “This is exactly why I left the party. I can’t speak nationally in any way, but the Romsey and Southampton North Association has this racism issue.

“It’s ridiculous, I saw the comment, and I was speechless. What on earth? Are we back in the 1970s?”

Mr Brar said he wants Hibberd fired from the party.

“I don’t think the actions taken are strong enough, they should be going far further and removing him from the party. When there is proof, there should be an absolute zero tolerance to racism.”

Cllr Hibberd, from Lee, near Romsey, posted an apology on social media, but declined to comment further.

Ian Hibberd with Caroline Nokes MP

He said: “I’m truly sorry that I used an inappropriate term in a conversation with Mr Brar on social media. I additionally recognise my behaviour has fallen short of that of a Conservative representative and member, and that which I would expect from myself. I have therefore suspended myself from Test Valley Conservative Group, and the RSNCA, and referred myself to both the Conservative Party and Test Valley’s monitoring officer.”

Deputy chair political of the RSNCA, and deputy leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Nick Adams-King, said the phrase was “abhorrent” and “had absolutely no place”.

He also refused calls from Mr Brar to instantly take matters further, after Mr Brar was suspended earlier this year for alleged comments about another party’s members being anti-Semitic.

He added: “It is so disappointing to hear that this remark was made. We do not tolerate any form of racism.

“I understand that Mr Brar wants us to go further, but we are taking the same steps as we did with him when he acted in a similar way earlier this year.”

It comes as the MCB criticises the national Conservative Party in an open letter, saying there were “more than weekly incidents” of Islamophobia within the party.

The letter, written by the secretary general of the MCB, Harun Khan, said: “Just last month, there were more than weekly occurences of Islamophobia from candidates and representatives of the Conservative party.”

In response to Cllr Hibberd’s remarks, a Conservative Party spokesperson said: “Ian Hibberd has been suspended and an investigation is underway.”


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Nadine O’Connor delivers a formal complaint to the BBC about CBeebies star Katy Ashworth

Fathers4Justice International Campaign Director, Nadine O’Connor, is denied access to Broadcasting House in London by BBC security after she attempted to deliver a formal complaint about CBeebies star Katy Ashworth. The letter was later accepted by a BBC commissioner.

Ashworth has been denying dad, Australian TV director Ben Alcott, access to his son Charlie over a number of years. Alcott hadn’t seen his son in four months, and had travelled 40,000 miles to and from Australia where he lives, with Charlie’s Christmas present, over the last 2 months.

Alcott said he was ‘heartbroken’ and was ‘living a nightmare’.

Ashworth, who had since moved from London to Manchester, had told Alcott he couldn’t see his son again on this visit until Fathers4Justice stepped in and announced a protest outside the BBC.

Ashworth backed down, and the two were eventually reunited in Manchester where Ben was able to give his son his Christmas present.

The complaint about Katy Ashworth was lodged with the Director-General of the BBC calling for her to be suspended pending an investigation into the allegations against her in the Daily Mail.

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CBeebies star Katy Ashworth AGREES to let her ex-partner see their son after he complained about lack of access

Nadine O’Connor Comment: After a stressful day, I was delighted to learn that Ben Alcott finally met up with his son, Charlie, after 4 months.

But Ben and Charlie are not alone, their story is replicated up and down the country every day of the year.

Over the last 12 months, through Fathers4Justice, I have helped many fathers who live overseas, secure regular contact with their children who are resident in the UK. In those cases extended contact during school holidays is the most sensible way forward, along with regular telephone calls, Skype and FaceTime. Through modern technology the world is a very small place now.

When the relationship between 2 parents breaks down, this should not have any bearing on the relationship between the child/children and their parents.

You may not want anything to do with your ex, but no parent has the right to make that decision for their children.

We also, sadly, see many cases where the mother has moved on and is in a new relationship, and mums new partner interferes with the contact arrangements between the children and their father. To those men, the message is simple, “butt out”, this is not your concern.

However convenient it may be for mum to try and erase her ex from her shiney new family set up, contact denial is a form of emotional abuse and should be as socially unacceptable as drink driving.

It is always in the best interest of the child/children to resolve the differences between parents quickly.  You should never hate your ex more than you love your children.

Mail On Line – 7th March 2018

  • Ben Alcott dated CBeebies star between 2011 and 2015  and the pair have a son
  • Custody battle ensued with court ruling Charlie, 4, should live with his mother 
  • It was revealed last week that Ashworth is now living with joiner Mark Cooper 
  • Alcott says he hasn’t seen his son for four months and he’s living a ‘nightmare’

CBeebies star Katy Ashworth has agreed to let her ex partner see their four-year-old son – after he complained last week about lack of access to the couple’s son.

Campaign group Fathers 4 Justice say they are pleased that Ms Ashworth contacted them to confirm Ben Alcott can now see his son Charlie.

As a result, they said the protest planned to take place outside the BBC has been suspended.

Last week, Australian television director Ben Alcott, 44, said he had been left frustrated when he tried to organise visits with Charlie – in spite of a court contact order being in place.

Alcott, who flew in from Australia on Monday, told MailOnline that he will now spend time with his son this week in Manchester – for the first time in four months – after Ashworth’s lawyers agreed a visit.

The Australian said he was looking forward to seeing Charlie but feared further court intervention may be necessary.

He said: ‘I’m looking forward to spending some good time with my son. This is a short-term band-aid for this one trip. I’m sure when I come back again.’

Alcott says his long-term aim is to be able to take Charlie on holiday to Australia, where he lives, and spend some ‘proper time’ with his son.

He added that he’d been buoyed by support from other fathers who’d made contact on social media after he went to Fathers4Justice for support.

The organisation cancelled the protest planned at BBC’s Broadcasting House in central London after hearing Alcott was being allowed to visit his son.

Alcott and the popular CBeebies presenter first met in 2011 and their son was born in October 2013 but the pair separated acrimoniously in 2015, with both claiming the other had had affairs.

A bitter public battle for custody ensued, with Charlie now residing full-time with his mother in Manchester, while Alcott lives in Australia.

Initially a court order prevented the presenter from being named while the case was ongoing and she was simply referred to as a ‘mystery BBC star’.

The ID ban was overturned by a judge at London’s High Court after her victory.

MailOnline revealed in February that Ashworth has moved in with her boyfriend joinery firm boss Mark Cooper in Stretford, Greater Manchester.

The couple live not far from the CBeebies studio at Salford Quays.

Speaking last week, Ben said: ‘I haven’t seen Charlie since the end of October, I’ve barely spoken to him.

‘I had planned to come over at Christmas but Katy wouldn’t let me see him on Christmas Day because he was “busy”‘.

Alcott says the relationship has broken down to such a degree that contact is organised only through lawyers and had become a ‘contest’.

He says he tries to visit the UK four or five times a year, with flights costing around £4,000 a time but is often frustrated at only being able to see his son for a couple of hours at a time.

Alcott says: ‘It’s heartbreaking. Explain to your child why you’re giving them their Christmas presents in March.

‘I feel it’s destroying my relationship with Charlie. It’s a nightmare.’

Fathers4Justice International Campaign Director, Nadine O’Connor, told MailOnline:

‘We are pleased Katy Ashworth contacted Fathers4Justice to confirm Ben Alcott can now see his son Charlie after being separated from him for the last four months. As result, today’s protest outside the BBC has been suspended.

She added: ‘However, it is now important that a parenting plan is put in place for Charlie and his dad for the rest of this year and beyond.

‘We hope that this matter can be resolved between the parties without further dispute, and that Charlie can now receive the love and support of both his parents moving forward.’

MailOnline has tried to contact Katy Ashworth for comment.

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