Morrissey posters removed from railway stations over far-right views

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Morrissey Concert at Auditorio Nacional CDMX Mexico City, on November 22, 2018. (Photo by Liliana Ampudia Mendez/Sipa USA)
Morrissey Concert at Auditorio Nacional CDMX Mexico City, on November 22, 2018. (Photo by Liliana Ampudia Mendez/Sipa USA)

Morrissey posters promoting his latest album have been taken down at railway stations to avoid offending passengers.

The outspoken 60-year-old singer has previously expressed support for the far-right For Britain party and appeared on television wearing a badge bearing its logo.

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Liverpool rail network Merseyrail have taken down posters for Morrissey’s California Son album after a commuter on a Southport service to Moorfields contacted the company to ask if it agreed with Morrissey's far-right views, the BBC reported.

Read more: Morrissey calls for end to ‘Soviet Britain’ in lengthy online post

In a statement, Merseyrail said: "Any content used within advertising on the Merseyrail network does not reflect the organisation's values and we apologise for any offence the publication of these posters may have caused."

Morrissey has not commented directly but posted a lengthy rant about free speech on his website.

He wrote: “With voice extended to breaking point, I call for the prosperity of free speech; the eradication of totalitarian control; I call for diversity of opinion; I call for the total abolition of the abattoir; I call for peace, above all; I call for civil society.”

Earlier this week Spillers Records in Cardiff - the world’s oldest record shop -announced it would no longer sell the The More You Ignore Me... singer’s records.

Read more: Album Review: Morrissey’s ‘California Son’

Ahead of the European Parliamentary elections it said: "Morrissey's views are not in synch with ours, in fact they are at complete odds and this is why (as an independent) we are not stocking / giving our shelf space to his music."

Morrisey has been forced to deny he holds racist views on multiple occasions.

In an interview on America’s The Tonight Show earlier this month he appeared wearing a badge with the For Britain party on his jacket. He first came out in support of the far-right political party in an interview in 2018.

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