UNITED KINGDOM – A Conservative councillor has been suspended for tweeting offensive comments about Irish people during the Eurovision Song Contest. Nick Harrington, who also sits as a magistrate, was clearly moved to anger after the Irish judges failed to vote for UK entry Lucie Jones.
In his ire, he tweeted: “#Eurovision2017 thanks Ireland. You can keep your f****** gypsies! Hard border coming folks!” Unsurprisingly his comments drew angry calls to the police and Warwick District Council – as well as a slew of remarks on his Twitter feed.
His Twitter account was deleted after the post, but not before it had been screen grabbed and shared across social media. Warwick District Council leader Andrew Mobbs suspended Mr Warrington for six months pending a full investigation.
In a statement the council said: “We apologise unreservedly for the offence and upset that his comments have caused.” Police are also investigating the tweet sent from the councillor’s account after complaints from members of the public.
SOURCE: THE MIRROR