A YOUNG Conservative accused of using a Nazi term has been suspended from the party for three months.
But Mirfield man David Bolt told the Examiner yesterday he would appeal against the decision – and revealed that at least two other party members saw his controversial remarks before they were published.
Last month the 20-year-old wrote an email update to fellow members of Conservative Future (CF), the youth branch of the party.
Mr Bolt wrote: “In effect, we will form a CF Sonderkommando which will be available to blitz any areas which battleground PPCs (prospective parliamentary candidates) particularly wish to target, whether that be through canvassing, literature drops or visible, high-impact campaigning.”
The term Sonderkommando is used in German to mean any special task force. However, it can also refer to groups of Jewish prisoners forced to bury the dead at Nazi extermination camps.
Mr Bolt, who was chairman of the West Yorkshire CF group at the time of the email, was suspended by the party last week.
And on Friday the Conservatives wrote to the former Heckmondwike Grammar School pupil to say he had been suspended for three months.
However, Mr Bolt says he used the phrase Sonderkommando without knowing its historic meaning.
Last week the mayor of Mirfield Town Council, David Pinder, told the Examiner that the young man had overheard him using the term to refer to an Austrian anti-corruption taskforce.
Yesterday Mr Bolt said: “I don’t think a suspension of that length of time is fair.
“I had no idea of the Nazi connotations of the word and I’m very sorry for any offence caused.
“I fully accept that I used a term without checking it and that was my mistake.”
Mr Bolt added that other party colleagues saw his update before it was sent out.
He said: “To my certain knowledge, two other people saw it. Every month the area chairman sends a brief paragraph to the regional chairman who then sends it to the press director before it’s published. It’s possible that the regional director also saw it.
“I’m not calling on these people to be suspended, but I do think it would be in line to ask them what they thought.”
The three-month ban will probably cover the campaign for the General Election which is expected to take place on May 6.
Mr Bolt, who studies music at the University of Huddersfield, will appeal against the length of the suspension.
“A suspension is in order but I think three months is excessive,’’ he said.
“I had cleared my diary so I could put my efforts into the campaign. I had talked to the university about having time off.
“It’s a great disappointment that, potentially, I won’t be able to take part in the election.”
Mr Bolt has only been active in the Conservatives for a year despite being the son of Clr Martyn Bolt, the deputy leader of the Tories on Kirklees Council.
Mr Bolt said: “I’ve always been interested in politics but I’ve never felt any pressure from my dad to get involved.
“I became involved with Huddersfield CF last year. I wanted to help the party because I thought it was the right time for them.”
Clr Bolt is supporting his son’s appeal. He said yesterday: “David didn’t know the historical connotations of the word.
“Youthful innocence is not a crime.”