A SENIOR Conservative councillor in Shropshire says he will monitor his social media accounts more carefully after police contacted him about a post linking Sir Keir Starmer to Jimmy Savile.

Councillor Steve Davenport, for St Martins, was contacted over the phone by officers from West Mercia Police after he shared a post regarding Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and unfounded allegations surrounding Jimmy Savile.

While police will take no further action, Cllr Davenport was reminded of his responsibilities as a councillor and said he would be monitoring his social media more closely.


“I received a phone call from West Mercia Police,” he said.

“They reminded me of my responsibilities.

“Something came up on my social media and I just reposted it – that’s all I did.

“Someone mentioned to me that it was a fraudulent post so I deleted it straight away.

“You don’t always check when you automatically repost or retweet something – it’s a reaction.

“Sometimes I see things and my second thought is that ‘that wasn’t correct’ so I deleted it.

“It’s one of those things.

"I will indeed be a lot more careful and monitoring what I repost – what is normally an automatic reaction will now be a reaction thought about.

“It’s politics at the end of the day.

“I don’t think voters will be impacted upon – they will probably think it is as stupid as I thought it was.

“I’ve seen these posts before where I usually write ‘this can’t be true’ but I didn’t do that this time.

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“Normally I would do that – it’s just a lapse in judgement.”

A spokesman for West Merica Police said: “The matter was referred to West Mercia Police and having been reviewed it was decided that no offence was committed.

“Suitable words of advice were given to the person involved and there will be no further police involvement.”