Tory new boy apologises for Lib Dem baby rapist comparison

A FORMER councillor who branded Liberal Democrat policy as a bigger danger to children than a baby rapist has said sorry. Sam Smith had caused uproar after posting comments on an internet forum run by Tory MP Grant Shapps. As previously reported on www.wh

A FORMER councillor who branded Liberal Democrat policy as a bigger danger to children than a baby rapist has said sorry.

Sam Smith had caused uproar after posting comments on an internet forum run by Tory MP Grant Shapps.

As previously reported on www.whtimes24.co.uk, Mr Smith had criticised the Lib Dems for supporting soft drug laws.

Under his user name, Vordrak, he wrote: "Liberal policy poses a greater threat to our children than Tanya French does."

He was referring to the Hatfield woman jailed, along with her boyfriend, for raping a 12-week-old tot.

Mr Smith, 30, apologised in a statement released by Welwyn Hatfield Conservative party agent Benedict McAleenan.

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He said: "I would like to apologise unreservedly for writing insensitive comments in the heat of debate.

"I completely appreciate that it was inappropriate and offensive."

Mr McAleenan, on behalf of the party, added: "Mr Smith's comment was his own and he has expressed sincere regret for making it.

"He accepts that it was an insensitive and crude comparison."

Mr Smith was a Labour councillor on Welwyn Hatfield Council, representing WGC's Haldens ward, from June 2005 to May 2008.

He defected to the Tory ranks last week.