Council to replace Father Christmas with Mrs Claus on charity parade in snowflake ‘inclusivity’ plot

A COUNCIL is set to replace Father Christmas with Mrs Claus on a charity parade.

Santa rides on the back of a lorry, giving out sweets to kids.

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A town in County Durham is considering swapping Father Christmas for Mrs Claus at their annual charity parade[/caption]

But tonight a vote will be held on allowing a woman to play the role in Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham, in the name of “inclusivity”.

Independent councillor Arun Chandran claimed it was a “loony left” plot by Jeremy Corbyn supporters “trying to flex their muscles” and said: “This has nothing to do with equality.”

He added: “Santa Claus is a male role. Children will be expecting a male Santa.”

The issue was first raised at a sub-committee meeting by a volunteer couple who said the husband would be more at home driving the truck if the woman could be Mrs Claus.

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Councillors are against the idea arguing that children will be expecting a male Santa[/caption]

Another man then spoke about the right of women to play Santa.

Bob Fleming, leader of Labour-run Great Aycliffe Town Council, said: “There is no party policy on this. Members will have a free vote.” It is the second row within weeks for the “Santa Tour”, which has been held since the 1960s.

There were fears it would have to be scrapped after a cop said Santa was breaking the law by travelling on the back of a moving vehicle.

But the tradition was saved when Chief Con Mike Barton said no one would be prosecuted as long as lorries stayed at walking pace.

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