Mayor offers apology for foul-mouth comments.
Ray Mallon Ray Mallon (b. 1955 in Thornaby) is the directly-elected Mayor of Middlesbrough in England. Early life
Ray Mallon was raised in Thornaby, a working class town near Middlesbrough and Stockton-On-Tees in the North East of England, the only child of Joe and Pauline Mallon. resulted in him offering an apology at the weekend.
Comments made by the mayor were exposed by the Journal's sister newspaper, the Sunday Sun The Sunday Sun is a regional Sunday newspaper for North East England, Cumbria and the Scottish Borders, published in Newcastle Upon Tyne by Trinity Mirror. It is the sister paper of the weekday newspapers the Evening Chronicle and The Journal. , yesterday. In a series of audio tape recordings leaked to the paper, Mr Mallon can be heard describing taxi drivers as "scumbags" and "thick" while branding a female colleague as "stupid". He also used expletives freely.
The mayor also can be heard making a sexual slur A sexual slur is a term of disparagement used to refer to members of a given sexual minority, gender, sex, or sexual orientation in a derogatory or pejorative manner. The motivation for using a sexual slur is often sexism and/or bias against a sexual orientation or practice. about a female colleague.
But the politician insisted "I'm not sexist sex·ism
1. Discrimination based on gender, especially discrimination against women.
2. Attitudes, conditions, or behaviors that promote stereotyping of social roles based on gender. , I'm not a racist" after the tapes, which were secretly recorded, were make public by his former friend, taxi company owner Mohammed Bashir.
The two men have been involved in a long-running dispute.
The revelations have led to calls for Mr Mallon to step down from his post, but he told a press conference he would not do so.
He said: "Describing one officer , I said the officer was so straight that if they had sex it would be in one position."
He claimed he was referring to the situation and not the woman herself.
Mr Mayor went onto to claim his comments were taken out of context.
"I am deeply sorry for any embarrassment or upset I have caused them, their family, and the council," he said.
"I am also saddened someone I regarded for many years as a friend would betray the privacy of our conversions in this way."