Harlow councillor apologises after making comments relating to domestic violence

Mike Danvers

FORMER Harlow Town Council Leader, Mike Danvers, has issued an unreserved apology in relation to comments he made about ‘beating wives’.

Cllr Danvers, a member of the Labour party, compared a poll carried out by Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst to ‘beating your wife’. In a discussion on the poll, Cllr Danvers was reported in Essex Live as saying: ‘It’s like beating your wife, at the end of the day he’s going to get the answer that he wants.’

Speaking in the House of Commons on January 18, Harlow’s Conservative MP, Robert Halfon, highlighted the comments made by Cllr Danvers and called for him to step down from his position.

Mr Halfon addressed the leader of the house, Andrea Leadsom MP, and said: ‘My honourable friend will know of tragic and fatal cases in my own constituency of Harlow. Sadly, yesterday, a senior Labour councillor, Mike Danvers, made a joke about beating one’s wife, which incredibly was supported as a ‘colloquialism’ by the manager of Harlow District Chamber of Commerce.

Ian Hudson, manager of Harlow District Chamber of Commerce’s tweet

‘Does she not agree that we should condemn this, that the councillor should resign, the manager of the Harlow Chamber of commerce should apologise and that we must be sensitive about domestic abuse?’

Cllr Danvers said in a statement regarding the comments and printed on Essex Live: ‘I would like to apologise unreservedly to anyone I have offended with comments I made during an interview with Your Harlow yesterday regarding the Council’s budget proposals for 2018/19.

‘I understand that it was completely inappropriate. Domestic violence is an extremely serious issue, which has a devastating impact on the lives of victims.

‘I was completely wrong to refer to it in the way I did, and will be much more sensitive and careful with my language in future.’

Harlow Harrier has attempted to contact Cllr Danvers, but has received no response to date.

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