Violence erupted outside the Labour Party conference on Auckland’s North Shore yesterday.
150 odd protestors were heckling Labour’s delegates over the government’s draconian Anti Terrorism legislation.
Len got pretty heated and ended up lashihing out with a megaphone, hitting Philips and also allegedly John Minto’s wife Bronwyn Davies in the process.
According to the Herald on Sunday
The altercation happened around 11.30am, after Richards and fellow union delegate Jill Ovens emerged to tell protesters the SFWU was on their side. Ovens was drowned out by hecklers and went back inside. Richards picked up the megaphone, the protester tried to grab it off him and Richards took his swing. Richards retreated inside and later denied he meant to hit anyone.
Jill ovens is Richards’ partner. She is a hard core socialist unionist “hate employers“.
Len Richards’ profile can be viewed here.
Both were senior figures in the Alliance party until Ovens was forced to join Labour in order to take a senior position in the Service Workers Union.
When confronted by media, Richards at first denied hitting anyone.
When told that the incident was on tape, he then said he didn’t “mean to hit anyone“.