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Joint statement from Cllr George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council and Cllr Gary Ridley, Leader of the Opposition Conservative Group, Coventry City Council:
“Following comments made by Cllr Glenn Williams at Full Council this week, for the avoidance of doubt we want to make it clear that his words in no way reflect the views of Coventry City Council.
“They are, in fact, totally against the beliefs of our Council and our city.
“Coventry is proud to be a welcoming and safe city that celebrates diversity in all its forms. It is one of our great strengths.
“We believe in equality for all and that everyone should be free to live the life they wish.
“As a city and as individuals, we must continue to promote inclusivity and oppose discrimination in all forms.
“We are pleased that many comments made on social media concerning Cllr Williams’ remarks reflect those beliefs, as have the comments made by both Labour and Conservative councillors at this week’s Full Council meeting.
“Coventry has always been – and will always be – a city that welcomes all people and protects their right to live a life free of discrimination.
“And we will work to inspire others to follow our example.
“As a mark of that commitment, the LGBT Flag is currently being flown outside the Council House to show our support and solidarity.”