Former Tory minister questioned after racist rant

Former Cabinet minister David Mellor. Pic: Classic FM

Former Cabinet minister David Mellor. Pic: Classic FM

Tower Hamlets police reportedly questioned former Conservative Cabinet Minister David Mellor after an alleged racist rant in March 2013, it was revealed yesterday.

The police spokesperson said: “A 64-year-old man from Tower Hamlets was interviewed under caution by police on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence that took place on 26 March 2013 at St Katherine Docks”.

“He attended an east London police station by appointment on 23 May 2013. He was not arrested. Following advice from the CPS no further action will be taken.”

The Sun yesterday reported that Mellor launched the racial tirade in March 2013, when he shouted at a Polish guard for not standing directly outside the front door of his upmarket flat in east London.

Mellor had, the day before, apologised on LBC for a separate instance that took place November 21, in which he told a London taxi driver: “You’ve been driving a cab for 10 years, I’ve been in the Cabinet, I’m an award-winning broadcaster, I’m a Queen’s Counsel. You think that your experiences are anything compared to mine?”

The details were published in The Sun, after a recording of the journey was passed to the paper. Mellor had taken the taxi from Marylebone High Street to St Katherine Docks – a journey for which he was charged £29, it was reported.

Councillor Abdal Ullah said in a Tower Hamlets Hate Crime Manual: “The Tower Hamlets we live in today is a diverse and tolerant place where the vast majority of people treat each other with dignity and respect, but a small minority don’t hold those values, and perpetrate hate.”

EastLondonLines approached David Mellor for a comment, but he did not respond.

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