Calls for Kimberley councillor to quit after ‘Eva Braun’ comment

Kat Boettge was called 'Eva Braun' by Cllr Andy Cooper
Kat Boettge was called 'Eva Braun' by Cllr Andy Cooper

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has called for a member of Kimberley Town Council to quit immediately after referring to a former colleague as ‘Eva Braun’ - Hitler’s mistress - in an email.

Cllr Andy Cooper made the comment about former councillor Kat Boettge, who is originally from Germany, in an email to fellow members of the town council.

The comment he made was: “Amazing how Kirwan and Eva Braun can turn up at KRA (Kimberley Residents’ Association) meeting but go missing for KTC (Kimberley Town Council).”

The storm sparked yet another resignation from the council as Janet Pearce quit on the grounds of concerns over the way the council’s finances were being run and because of Cllr Cooper’s comments.

In her resignation letter Cllr Pearce said such a comment was not befitting a member of the Labour Party.

Her resignation on Friday makes her the tenth town councillor to resign from this council in the last four years.

Ms Boettge and fellow Green party member David Kirwan resigned from Kimberley Town Council last month over concerns about council finances and its relationship with local residents.

Anna Soubry repeated her concerns over the running of the council and called for Cllr Cooper, who also represents the Cossall and Kimberley ward on Broxtowe Borough Council, to resign after his comments.

She added: “His description of Katharina was highly offensive and to use such language is never acceptable, especially from an elected representative.

“If Cllr Cooper refuses to resign I expect the Labour group on both councils to expel him.”

Cllr Cooper issued a public apology to Miss Boettge and explained that he had been instructed by the Labour Party to attend a diversity course which he would do ‘very willingly’.

He added: “I would like to provide you with reassurance that my political group takes the matter very seriously and the leader has reprimanded me in no uncertain terms for causing offence in the way that I have.

“I can also say that I have received a very clear warning as to my future conduct.

“Both I and my political group can reassure you that there will be no repeat of the conduct that has caused you such offence.”