A TORY councillor has been suspended over a retweet that compared shadow home secretary Diane Abbott to an ape wearing lipstick, it was revealed yesterday.
This came after Ms Abbott received misogynistic criticism for having told Brexit secretary David Davis to “f*ck off” after he reportedly tried to kiss her in the Commons’ Strangers Bar on Wednesday night.
Faringdon Parish councillor Alan Pearmain has been suspended and is facing an investigation by the Tories after the message he retweeted in December was reported to the Labour Party.
The original tweet showed an ape with the captions “forget the London look, get the Diane Abbott look” and “let’s get fatty back in a zoo!”
Mr Pearmain claimed that the tweet had nothing to do with her ethnicity and that it was because of her “size and appearance.”