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High profile Manchester City Centre Councillor Kevin Peel has attacked the Momentum activist Sam Wheeler over his comments, reported by Guido Fawkes, about the armed forces. Mr Peel called on Mr Wheeler to pull out of his bid to be the MP for Manchester Gorton over the comments. Mr Peel is well known for being outspoken on social media. He was recently briefly suspended from Manchester Labour Group for comments about Salford City Council. Mr Peel is very well connected at a national level and his comments are likely to be taken seriously.
The comments of Corbyn's candidate for Gorton about Armed Forces Day & the Syrian civil war make him totally unfit to represent Manchester 😡— Kevin Peel (@kevpeel) March 17, 2017
If you haven't seen what he said... Dreadful. He should remove himself from the selection immediately. pic.twitter.com/nObYXXM0Ij— Kevin Peel (@kevpeel) March 17, 2017
I approached Mr Peel about this story but he didn't reply.
Sam Wheeler said, “It is not patriotic to send young men and women off to die in far-away wars so our politicians can feel big on the world stage. It is not patriotic to cut disability benefits and mental health provision, so those returning harmed from conflict are robbed of the help they need. It is not patriotic to ignore the 250,000 homeless people in this country, when ex-service personnel are disproportionately likely to end up without shelter.
“Those on the Right talk a good game, but aren’t prepared to put their hand in their pocket to pay for the essential services those who have served our country rely upon. I will always fight for the safety and welfare of our troops, who have given their utmost for our country.”
The full article will be posted on Mr Wheeler’s campaign facebook page shortly.
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