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Powys feminine councillor ‘treated like farm animal’


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A feminine councillor who had her backside slapped by a male colleague stated she felt “treated like a farm animal”.

Emily Durrant, 34, became at a Brecon Beacons National Park Authority assembly in December 2017 when fellow councillor Edwin Roderick hit her backside.

He went on to contrivance threats to take a stare upon and quit her pursuing a criticism. She stated it became half of a wider wretchedness with sexism in native authorities.

Powys council stated all councillors must serve equality and diversity coaching.

On Tuesday, Mr Roderick became suspended as a Powys councillor for four months after a panel stumbled on he had been in breach of the code of conduct.

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Fair councillor Edwin Roderick became suspended

After the incident, Mr Roderick threatened that mother-of-two Ms Durrant would be “frolicked to dry” if she pursued the criticism in opposition to him.

“I felt fully humiliated and basically degraded. As a girl I’m very accustomed, sadly, to experiencing day after day sexism, but I simply basically didn’t quiz it in a location of public office,” she stated.

Mr Roderick has since supplied his staunch “heartfelt apologies” and stated “nothing like this can happen all as soon as more”.

Ms Durrant licensed his apology, but stated it highlighted a wider wretchedness.

“I contemplate there would possibly be a wretchedness in native authorities with sexism. I make no longer contemplate right here is unfamiliar to Powys – I contemplate it is a illustration wretchedness,” she stated.

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Emily Durrant has licensed an apology

Fewer than a third of Powys councillors (31.5%) are feminine, which is a puny bit increased than the proportion for the total of Wales (28.2%).

Female councillors contrivance up fewer than 15% of the total in five native authorities in Wales – Blaenau Gwent, Ceredigion, Merthyr Tydfil, Pembrokeshire and Anglesey.

Ms Durrant stated attitudes principal to alternate against diversity in native authorities, but that equality and diversity coaching in Powys council became “a puny bit of a slay of time”.

To glimpse the stout interview, look Wales Live to bellow the tale BBC One Wales at 22: 35 GMT on Wednesday, or look it afterwards on iPlayer.

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