Preston councillor at centre of new flag controversy

Palaestinian Flag raised at Preston Town Hall.

Palaestinian Flag raised at Preston Town Hall.

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A Preston councillor who came under fire after the Palestinian flag was raised at the Town Hall is now at the centre of another flag debate - this time over the Irish Tricolour.

Following the publication of emails around the decision to fly the flag of Palestine, Coun Robert Boswell has now become the focus of a new story in an Irish newspaper, after he said he would not support the flying of the Irish flag next year to coincide with the Easter Rising anniversary.

Coun Boswell was asked by the publication if he would support a request, but said: “There is no proposal to fly the Irish Tricolour at the Town Hall.

“If a request were to be received then it would be considered in the normal way.

“I may or may not be a councillor in 2016, nor might I be the cabinet member responsible, but my own personal view is that we should not fly the Irish Tricolour.

“The Palestinian flag was flown at the Town Hall in response to a specific request in recognition of a humanitarian crisis that was taking place in Gaza at the time.”

The fresh row comes after emails between councillors and members of the public about the Palestinian flag decision were published.