THE son of a newly-elected Conservative county councillor has been criticised for aligning himself with a controversial nationalist Facebook group.
Adam Wyatt-Lowe, who himself narrowly missed being elected as a Tory to Dacorum Borough Council five years ago, has the group ‘If the British flag offends you, I will be happy 2 help you pack and go!!’ among his favourites.
His father, William Wyatt-Lowe, was last week elected to the ward of Hemel Hempstead Town on Herts County Council while his mother, Councillor Colette Wyatt-Lowe, is the cabinet member for health and adult care at County Hall. Both are also members of the borough council.
Councillor Keith White, who represents Adeyfield West for Labour, said: “You can read that as being radically nationalistic or you can read it as being racist – it’s very hard to say.
“A lot of people might find that quite sinister.
“If you are going to be active in public life, and his parents are quite senior, active Conservatives, it would be sensible to distance yourself from things that can be seen in that way.
“Otherwise people can misinterpret your motives. If he stands by those views that’s a completely different situation.”
Mr Wyatt-Lowe’s Facebook page shows he graduated from Berkhamsted Collegiate School, now Berkhamsted School, in 2004.
Another favourites group is titled ‘I will not take down my England flag for no one. I’m English and proud of it’.
In 2007 he stood for the ward of Hemel Hempstead Town but missed out winning a seat by just 54 votes.
He did not respond to a Gazette request to comment on his link to the controversial group, but Mrs Wyatt-Lowe said: “I don’t have any comment.
“We can’t govern what our children do.”