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Tory lambasted for yelling abuse at PM

PUBLISHED: 11:04 06 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:53 25 August 2010

LONDON - MAY 02:  British Prime Minister Gordon Brown takes part in a walkabout with the Metropolitan Police and the Safe Neighbourhood Scheme on May 2, 2010 in London, England. The General Election, to be held on May 6, 2010 is set to be one of the most closely fought political contests in recent times with all main party leaders embarking on a four week campaign to win the votes of the United Kingdom.  (Photo by Lewis Whyld - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON - MAY 02: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown takes part in a walkabout with the Metropolitan Police and the Safe Neighbourhood Scheme on May 2, 2010 in London, England. The General Election, to be held on May 6, 2010 is set to be one of the most closely fought political contests in recent times with all main party leaders embarking on a four week campaign to win the votes of the United Kingdom. (Photo by Lewis Whyld - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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LABOUR members have blasted the thuggish behaviour of a Tory councillor who allegedly told the Prime Minister to fall under a car.

LABOUR members have blasted the "thuggish behaviour" of a Tory councillor who allegedly told the Prime Minister to fall under a car.

Gordon Brown was heckled by incumbent Coldharbour and New Eltham Tory councillor John Hills, during a visit to a community policing centre in William Barefoot Drive, Eltham on Sunday.

During the PM visit, which saw him meet members of the Coldharbour and New Eltham Safer Neighbourhood Team and incumbent Eltham MP Clive Efford, witnesses claim to have heard Mr Hills shout to the Prime Minister: "There's a car, fall under it."

Incumbent Woolwich Riverside Labour councillor John Fahy said: "It is my intention to report him to the Standards Board. He should be disciplined but David Cameron has been trying to keep things like this under wraps."

A spokesperson for London Labour said: "The Tories can't help demonstrating they're still the Nasty Party.

"Last week, two Conservative candidates in Poplar were detained by the police after an elderly woman was knocked over and now we have a Conservative councillor telling the Prime Minister to fall under a car.

"This sort of thuggish behaviour should have no place in British politics."

During the visit, witnesses say they heard Mr Hills shout: "You're rubbish. Don't forget to take your microphone off you might call someone a bigot. There's a car - fall under it."

This was in reference to the furore caused when Mr Brown called Gillian Duffy a bigot after she confronted him in Rochdale on April 28.

Labour parliamentary candidate for Erith and Thamesmead Teresa Pearce said: "That sort of comment says more about the person who said than who it is directed to. "What we should be arguing about is policy not personality. It is an unpleasant thing to say to any human being.

"I would be sorry if someone from my party said that. It is not a good image."

The Tories have been fighting hard for months to win the Labour seat which Mr Efford won in 2005 with a majority of just 3,276.

John Prescott also visited the marginal seat on Tuesday morning after stopping off in Woolwich town centre.

This was the retiring Deputy Prime Minister's last stop on his Unite4Labour Prescott Express tour of key seats across the country. He visited 71 seats and travelled 5,000 miles in the back of our Ford Transit van.

Despite repeated calls to incumbent Labour MP Clive Efford about the incident, he did not return the Times' calls.

A spokesperson for the Conservative central office said: "This was clearly a comment made in the heat of an election event." They confirmed that no disciplinary action is being taken against Mr Hills.

When the Times contacted Mr Hills, he refused to comment.

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