Controversial councillor’s tweets to porn star

COUN DAVID POTTS ... protesting his innocence over Twitter posts.

COUN DAVID POTTS ... protesting his innocence over Twitter posts.

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CONTROVERSIAL councillor David Potts today has come under fire from a former political ally for publicly tweeting American porn stars.

The 29-year-old – who is facing fresh calls for his resignation after being labelled as vindictive and a bully by Town Hall chiefs for saying the borough had a “poxy backwater council” – is facing more flak for his actions on social networking site Twitter.

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Coun Potts, who represents UKIP in the borough’s Cleadon and East Boldon ward, asked former American porn star Mercedes Ashley – described on her profile as LA-based who has starred in more than 183 adult movies – to send a congratulatory message to his fellow ward councillor Jeff Milburn for being re-elected earlier this month.

However, the borough’s only Conservative councillor was horrified to discover he had been associated with such tweets.

He said: “I must admit I don’t go on Twitter daily, so I wasn’t aware of this, and as far as I am aware, I have not been contacted by any American porn stars.

“But I do not think this behaviour is acceptable or appropriate for a councillor. He should not be sending tweets like this in the public domain.”

But a defiant Coun Potts is standing by his actions, and says if people are offended they shouldn’t read his Tweets.

He said: “I have not encouraged former porn stars to contact my ward colleagues.

“I asked a personal friend, who is a former adult entertainment professional, to e-mail Coun Jeff Milburn congratulating him on his victory.

“I do not in any way judge people by what they do for a living.”

Yesterday’s Gazette, pictured, revealed how a constituent was angered at being invited to a possible wives and swingers ‘W&S’ party by Coun Potts, who also likened the event to a ‘bunga bunga’ gathering – an Italian word to describe an orgy.

Coun Potts protested his innocence and said ‘W&S’ simply stood for wine and sandwiches.

However, earlier this month he also entered a Twitter conversation with online sex website @AdultPlayParlour, during which the adult website congratulates him for being so ‘hardcore’.

When the Gazette contacted the former Tory councillor over whether the nature of some of his tweets were appropriate, he said: “My personal sexual preferences are an issue entirely for me. I do not do anything illegal or immoral.

“I confess that I have a libertine attitude towards sexual relations between consenting adults.

“My attitude is that if we all made love and not war, the world would be a much better place.

“Finally, I would add that I do not write my tweets as a councillor, but rather as a trader. If you don’t like them, then I suggest you don’t read them.”

Coun Potts will face the standards committee – an independent council watchdog – after he received a criminal caution for unauthorised disclosure of personal data earlier this year.

He took documents from a behind-closed- doors Town Hall meeting and handed them to the Gazette earlier this year.

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