Tory youth activist is suspended over Nazi language in email

A LEADING Tory youth activist in West Yorkshire has been suspended from the party after using Nazi language in a newsletter to other members.

David Bolt likened his organisation's campaigning to the Sonderkommando – units of Jewish prisoners forced to dispose of the dead in Second World War Nazi death camps.

The West Yorkshire area chairman of Conservative Future – the youth wing of the party – was suspended immediately after making the highly offensive comments in a monthly bulletin emailed to other activists.

Writing in last month's edition of the Yorkshire and Humber Conservative Future's monthly newsletter, Bolt said: "In effect, we will form a CF Sonderkommando which will be available to blitz any areas which battleground PPCs (prospective parliamentary candidates] particularly wish to target, whether that be through canvassing, literature drops or visible, high-impact campaigning.

"It is time to intensify our assault on these most vulnerable of target seats, and follow the precept of Sun Tzu: "so in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak."

Leeds North East Labour MP Fabian Hamilton, who is Jewish, said: "This says an awful lot about the sorts of people involved in Conservative Future.

"I find the references to Nazi terminology such as Sonderkommando deeply offensive."

The email was sent at the end of last week and spotted "within 24 hours" by senior Conservative Party officials, who immediately suspended Bolt.

A Conservative spokesman said: "The use of these offensive terms was wholly unacceptable and they should never have been used.

"The author has apologised for any distress caused but because of the serious nature of his comments he was suspended from the Party."

Bolt, who is studying music at the University of Huddersfield, was yesterday not contactable.

The 20-year-old was appointed as the CF's West Yorkshire area chairman in December and had only been political active for about a year.

His father is Coun Martyn Bolt, the deputy leader of the Conservatives on Kirklees Council.

Coun Bolt told the YEP: "Without having spoken to him about it, this seems to me like something that was heard in conversation and clearly not enough research had been put into the context and various other connotations.

"The media use the phrase Blitzkrieg to mean different things in different cases whilst not paying full recognition to the historic significance of the pain the actual Blitzkrieg caused.

"As his father, I am sure David didn't mean any insult to anyone by the use of Sonderkommando in that context."

All references to Bolt, a former pupil at Heckmondwike Grammar School, were removed from the CF's website after his comments came to light.

Labour today demanded that the Conservatives

apologise. Coun James Lewis, Labour's parliamentary

candidate in Elmet and councillor in Kippax and

Methley said: "Making comparisons like this is just not acceptable.

"Using terms which are closely associated with Nazi Germany and the Holocaust is a very dangerous thing to do.

"The Tory party need to apologise.

"Simply trying to airbrush this person out of the picture is simply not good enough."

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