“York is fantastic, we have got a lot to be proud of and one thing we don’t want is to be so burdened with this link to Prince Andrew.”
Rachael Maskell, the MP for York Central, echoed sentiments expressed by a senior York city councillor, Darryl Smalley, who said the association was tarnishing the city’s reputation.
Maskell said: “It’s untenable for the Duke of York to cling on to his title another day longer; this association with York must end. There’s a very serious allegation made against this man of privilege and entitlement. I’m working with agencies to tackle sexual violence and misogyny.”
Smalley, a Liberal Democrat who is an executive member for culture, leisure and communities on the city of York council, noted that Andrew was stripped of other titles this week in order to protect the military, and the people of York deserve no less, after Andrew was named repeatedly in the Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell sex scandal, where he was accused of having sexual relations with underage girls.
“I think the vast majority of people in York feel exactly the same in protecting the reputation of the city,” said Smalley.
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