A Conservative Gedling councillor has been confronted on film by demonstrators in Manchester after allegedly ‘stealing and damaging’ their EU flag.
Cllr Sam Smith, who represents Trent Valley on Gedling Borough Council, told demonstrators in the video, with flag in hand: “We don’t want the EU’.
He also called the protest ‘anti-democratic’.
As well being the youngest councillor on Gedling Borough Council, Mr Smith is also the youngest Conservative Party branch chairman in the country.
He dismissed the claims made by the protestors in the video and also on Twitter.
He told Gedling Eye: “I saw and removed what I believed were a couple of EU flags left abandoned from a protest. When we were told they belonged to someone I gave them back and they were given a small sum in recompense.
“I engaged in a low level act of direct action protest of my own to express my intense frustration at the refusal to accept the result of the referendum and I consider that people should be much more concerned about the theft of democracy.