Councillor banned from using Remembrance Day poppies as virtual meeting backdrop
A COUNCILLOR has been banned from using Remembrance Day poppies as his backdrop for virtual meetings.
Steve Beasant, 67, must instead use his council’s corporate logo with pictures of the town hall or a blurred background.
But the dad of three — whose father worked on minesweepers in the war — is refusing to change until after Remembrance Day on November 11.
He called the diktat from North East Lincolnshire council “bizarre”.
He said: "I thought that it was April Fools when I got an email about it..
"Given that we are in a national emergency, it's bizarre to say the least."
"I have been a councillor for many years, and I have never heard of anything like this before.
"I will attend the next Council meeting and make sure that the poppy background is well and truly switched on."
A council spokesman said: “The Local Government Association advises using a neutral or blurred background to avoid distractions.
"We have a series of images of local scenes that attendees can use if they wish, or they can blur their background.
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