News Councillor suspended over offensive tweet
POLICE are investigating after an offensive tweet was sent from a Warwick councillor’s account during the Eurovision Song Contest.
Nick Harrington, who represents Stoneleigh and Cubbington on Warwick District Council, has also been suspended by the local Conservative group for six months following the tweet on Sunday night.
The tweet said: “#Eurovision2017. Thanks Ireland. You can keep your f ****** gypsies!”
The tweet also said a “hard border” was coming, a reference to stricter border controls behind the UK and Ireland post-Brexit.
Cllr Harrington’s account, along with the tweet, has since been deleted but not before it was screengrabbed and retweeted by others.
The tweet seems to have been prompted by the fact that none of the Irish judges voted for the British song to win.
A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police said yesterday: “Warwickshire Police can confirm that we have received a complaint regarding a tweet made by a man from Warwickshire.
“Police are investigating and enquiries are ongoing.”
The local Tory party said it would carry out its own investigations.
And Cllr Andrew Mobbs (Con, Park Hill), leader of Warwick District Council, and who heads the council’s Conservative group, told the Telegraph: “I find these comments completely unacceptable.
“I have had a number of people contact me by telephone and email this morning with concerns and I have suspended Councillor Harrington from the Conservative group on Warwick District Council for six months. “There will be an investigation.” Cllr Harrington also volunteers as a magistrate and is director at Leamington based company Ambay Software.
People condemning the tweet pointed out how many people or Irish origins live in the UK and how many people born in the UK live in Ireland. Bob Geldof was named an example.
Among those outraged by the tweet was Pride of Coventry & Warwickshire winner Daniel Browne, who tweeted: “He should be removed from his position immediately.”