A MAYOR who claimed Muslims “cause mayhem with explosives” has been deposed in a separate dispute about money.
Robert Bennett was forced out as mayor of Mirfield Town Council by fellow councillors on Tuesday night.
They were angry that he handed over a £2,000 cheque to Dewsbury Golf Club, which hosted the council’s annual dinner in March.
Committee member Martyn Bolt said: “Comments were made about the quality of the meal. We’ve had our annual dinner at the golf club for many years and this is the first time we’ve had any problems.
“We resolved to hold the payment back until Robert Bennett spoke to the golf club. He was then supposed to report back to us at the next committee meeting.”
But Mr Bolt said the mayor had written the golf club a cheque for £2,000, 90% of the total bill, without consulting other councillors.
He said: “I think it’s a reprehensible use of public money. I take a very dim view of anyone being flippant about public money.”
On Tuesday Mirfield Town Council passed a vote of no confidence in Mr Bennett as mayor.
He was replaced by Keith Sibbald, who was due to take over as mayor at the meeting in any case.
Mr Bennett caused outrage late last year when comments he made in an email were leaked.
He claimed Muslims “caused mayhem with explosives”, forced women to wear “sack-like” clothing and wanted to shoot homosexuals.