News Coun­cil­lor sus­pended over of­fen­sive tweet

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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