POLICE are hunting racists who defiled with graffiti a monument in Plymouth commemorating the life of former Labour leader Michael Foot.
The stone tribute to the socialist, who led the party from 1980 to ’83, was daubed with swastikas and references to the British National Party and English Defence League in Freedom Fields Park in Plymouth, Devon.
The memorial opposite the house where the former parliamentarian was born in 1913 was erected last July after the money was raised through public donations.
Rob Souness of Devon and Cornwall Police said: “This is a disgusting act of vandalism and we are fully aware of how shocking this is to the community, and of course to Mr Foot’s family and friends.
“Thankfully the graffiti has been removed, but we are still investigating this matter.”
Luke Pollard, Labour candidate in Plymouth at the 2015 general election, added: “Michael stood up against fascism and to see these symbols of hate on his memorial is sickening.”
Tudor Evans, leader of the Labour group on Plymouth City Council, tweeted a picture of the vandalism and wrote: “Nazi bastards.”
Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View Johnny Mercer condemned the “tragic” and “unacceptable” act online.
“Michael Foot was a proud son of Plymouth. This is not us, not Plymouth,” he wrote.
Mr Foot was an MP from 1945 to 1992, first for 10 years representing Plymouth Devonport constituency.
He won the Blaenau Gwent seat in Wales in 1960 and held it for 32 years before standing down in 1992.