A councillor who swore at a resident during a public meeting has put his outburst down to the fact he’s from Portsmouth. Richard Denton White admitted telling Tony Weldon to ‘f*ck off’ at All Saints Church in Easton over plans to put up council tax in a Dorset borough.
Cllr Denton-White, who sits on Portland Town Council, grew up in Portsmouth and said it was part of his upbringing as a ‘Pompeian’ to defend himself. Earlier on in the meeting, the councillor told another man in the front row to ‘shut it’ after he started provoking him.
Cllr Denton-White, 67, who says Pompey runs ‘in his blood’ said: ''Portsmouth has got its own unique culture, no-one can deny that. I was brought up in that environment where if someone got in your face, you tell them where to go. Having said that, I do take on board if you are in public office, you should be above that and you shouldn’t react. I still regard myself as a Pompeian.
''It’s in my blood that I am a Pompey fan until I die. Basically I was taught that you have to look after yourself and you stick up for yourself.'' He added: ''I think Portsmouth people are lovely people, they are genuine, but I wouldn't say they are aggressive. If they feel natural justice is not being done, they will react and that means in a fairly forceful way.''
Includes audio interview with Mr Denton-White.