A High Court judge will decide next Friday whether to hold a judicial review into Ealing town halll's decision to order a councillor to apologise for controversial comments he made about Southall.

UKIP councillor Benjamin Dennehy refused to apologise for a blog post which said ‘Indian people exploit their own people in squalid third world living conditions’, that ‘criminality is endemic in Southall’ and the high number of illegal immigrants in the area was a ‘constant on the public purse’.

Instead he made his case to a judge today that the council did not have the right to restrict his freedom of speech.After hearing both sides the judge decided to reserve his judgement on whether a full review should be held.

Mr Dennehy, said: “It shows the case is not as open and shut as the council would like to think.”

Ealing Council declined to comment.