On 20th November 2019, Mr Stanton’s posts were reported in the local West Lancs press, and it was noted that he had initially declined to apologise but had subsequently amended his statement. On being approached for comment, Mr Stanton reportedly said: “It has been brought to my attention that I have used some appalling language on my private Facebook page in the past. I regret wholeheartedly using such language and realise that it will have offended some people. For this, I apologies [sic].”
He was further reported as saying: “My Grandmother was Jewish and so being part Jewish myself, I find it strange that I am being accused of being anti-Semitic [sic] and Islamophobic at the same time. I have always endeavored to treat every one of whatever background equally. It would seem that some of my Facebook posts from several years ago have been taken out of context and in a selective manner for the purpose of trying to cause me a problem.”
The Brexit Party was reported as having declined to comment.
In November 2019, Campaign Against Antisemitism put this matter to Mr Stanton, but did not receive a response.
In November 2019, Campaign Against Antisemitism put this matter to the Brexit Party, but did not receive a response.