Leicestershire councillor calls for Theresa May to be hanged

A Leicestershire councillor who used his Facebook page to call for Theresa May to be hanged for “treason” has pleaded guilty to four criminal charges.

Richard Alderman, 72, called for the Prime Minster’s public hanging three days after being elected to Rutland County Council. He also posted grossly offensive messages about shadow home secretary Diane Abbott and Tory MP Anna Soubry.

The independent councillor – described in court as “pro-Brexit and anti-immigration” – refused to say whether he would resign from his post as he left Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

Alderman, from Oakham, admitted four charges of sending a menacing or grossly offensive message via the public communication network, including posts describing Ms Abbott as a “monkey” and calling for Ms Soubry to be shot and drowned.

Alderman, who was reported to the police after another councillor took screenshots of the messages, was granted unconditional bail until sentencing next Thursday.

Rutland County Council said in a statement: “Councillor Alderman has admitted his wrongdoing and pleaded guilty to all four charges brought against him.”

“Criminal conduct of this kind is totally unacceptable.”