A TORY councillor has been suspended for six months following racist tweets he made about Irish people during Saturday night’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Warwickshire councillor Nick Harrington, who is also a magistrate on the Coventry & Warwickshire bench, tweeted at about 11.15pm: “Thanks Ireland. You can keep your f’king gypsies! Hard border coming folks!”
His outburst was in response to Ireland choosing to not give Britain any points in the cheesy competition.
He also retweeted an offensive post featuring a photo of shadow home secretary Diane Abbott.
Originally posted by a user called @SuperOldHolborn, it read: “One hundred and eleventy seven points to the glorious socialist utopia of Mogadishu West.”
Twitter users called for Mr Harrington to delete his account, which he did yesterday morning, while others invited him to resign.
By noon leader of Warwick District Council Andrew Mobbs announced that Mr Harrington had been suspended with immediate effect and that an investigation into his behaviour would be launched.
Mr Mobbs said: “I am appalled at the comments. There is no defending such behaviour.”
On Twitter, there was mass condemnation of his offensive posts.
Irish Communities, Culture and Equality Minister Aodhan O Riordain sent a message to British Prime Minister Theresa May asking: “Can we assume he will be expelled for this outburst? “Is this why Conservatives are gobbling up Ukip votes? Disgusting racist tweet from a Tory councillor.”
Twitter user Conor O’Carroll responded to Mr Harrington: “You are a perfect Tory. A nasty bigot that drops his guard when he’s pissed and makes a fool of himself. You believe every word you said.”
The Irish Mirror reported that the incident had been referred to the police. Mr Harrington did not respond to phone calls from the Star.