A Cornish Stuff Exclusive!
A Tory candidate for Cornwall Council has shared, and then re-shared, sick Nazi themed memes, anti-immigrant jokes and shown support for far-right demonstrations on his social media feeds.
Richard Cunningham who is contesting the Falmouth seat left vacant by the death of Candy Atherton twice posted a picture of a man in a Nazi uniform saying ‘I wear your Grandad’s clothes’. Cunningham first posted it in 2014 with the tag “Political correctness be damned – this made me chuckle too much”.
Then using a Facebook memory (those posts from FB that say ‘look what you were doing a year ago’ etc) he re-posted the same picture with the message:
“Apparently I was just as sick and twisted 365 days ago as I am today”
Richard first posted the Nazi picture on 3 Dec 2014 and then re posted 3 Dec 2015.
Cunnigham’s Facebook profile is now suspiciously clean of the offending material. No matter, dear reader. A friend of Cornish Stuff (who wishes to remain anon) has been collecting screenshots of Richard’s online behaviour, which we can now share with you. See below.
Cunningham’s campaign team has confirmed that the screenshots are genuine and taken from their candidate’s personal accounts.
Richard’s current profile, describes himself a “Unashamed Christian, Englishman and a Conservative, in that order.”
Cunningham is the Conservative Party candidate in the Cornwall Council by-election in Falmouth Smithick. He is also standing for election to Falmouth Town Council.
Another post with a Nazi reference captures Cunningham’s reply to a post that asks what people’s favourite LGBTQ figure is, Cunningham comments “Ernst Rohm”. It was posted last year.
Ernst Rohm was a prominent early figure of the Nazi Party and once a close ally of Hitler. He was openly gay and was killed by in the ‘Night of the Long Knives’ by his own party in 1934, as they saw him as a rival to Hitler’s leadership.
Other posts captured show a disturbing far right bias, an anti-Muslim, anti- immigrant or just anti any foreigner theme. Here he comments on a far right demonstration in Poland:
And this one reposts a story with the title “Why I’ll never apologise for my white male privelege”
A Conservative Party spokesperson for Cunningham’s campaign issued this brief statement on his behalf:
“While we accept that these posts were made in bad taste, we also note that they are not Richard’s words, and were shared from other social media accounts or sites. These shares, taken from his personal and private account, were made over two years ago, before Richard was a member of the Conservative Party, and before he had considered running for elected office.”
The obvious question Falmouth will be asking mr cunnigham: : Are you still sick and twisted?
Sarah Newton MP happily campaigning with Richard Cunningham this week :
With Cornwall Council Conservative leader Phil Seeva and deputy James Mustoe after attending a Conservative Party group meeting this week :
MORE CORNISH NEWS
WARNING: Some people might find them offensive
Some posts have an anti muslim theme
Or just general anti-foreigner
The “unashamed Christian”:
A full list of candidates standing in the Cornwall Council by election can be found here
A full list of candidates standing in the Falmouth Town Council by election can be found here