A Richmondshire councillor says he will ‘never apologise’ after receiving online abuse for wearing a poppy more than two weeks before Remembrance Day.
Cllr Tom Jones, Conservative county councillor for the Scotton and lower Wensleydale division, wore a poppy while being interviewed live on national TV about the appointment of Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister on Monday.
Following the appearance on ITV News, a twitter user posted : “Poppy t*** already and it’s still October.”
The tweet was liked more than 180 times, with other users agreeing with the sentiment.
One user said: “Why? Why? Whyyyyyyyyy?”
Another added: “Virtue signalling of the Highest Order.”
But the councillor stood by the decision to wear the poppy in the face of the criticism.
Cllr Jones, who has family and friends in the armed forces, said: “I’m never going to apologise for wearing a poppy because for me thinking about the contribution of servicemen and women isn’t just a matter for 11 days in November, it’s year round.
“I’ve managed to get a look at the tweet and I must say, what trenchant criticism, I’m sure that’s strained the high reaches of his Corinthian intellect.
“I’m never going to apologise for wearing a poppy especially since I’m lucky enough to represent large parts of Catterick Garrison which is the biggest garrison in Europe.
“I represent loads of veterans and lots of current servicemen and women, mostly from the Army but there are some RAF staff there as well. I have friends and family in the armed forces.”