UK: Labour councillor denies using anti-gay slur in argument with colleague

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A Labour councillor in Rochdale denies accusations of homophobia, following an investigation by police.

Farooq Ahmed, who is responsible for finance at Rochdale Council, was questioned by police officers over the incident which took place on Thursday 23 January.

He denies using a homophobic slur during a row with fellow Labour Councillor Neil Emmott.

Manchester Evening News reports Mr Ahmed said: “The police are carrying out their enquiries, which I am cooperating with, and I am waiting to hear from them.

“I deny any allegation that I am homophobic, that is nonsense. There was an argument with Neil Emmott, but I can’t say too much more at the minute.”

He added: “I have had a lot of support from people since this has happened who know me and know I am not homophobic.”