Laura Sharman 15 May 2017

Tory councillor suspended after racist Eurovision tweet

A Conservative councillor has been suspended following a racist tweet he made during the Eurovision song contest.

Nick Harrington made the offensive comments about Irish people after Ireland failed to give the UK’s entry any points during the competition.

He has now been suspended from the Conservative Group for six months, and the police are investigating the incident as a potential hate crime.

Warwick District Council said it apologised ‘unreservedly for the offence and upset’ caused by his comments.

In a statement, Warwick District Council said it had received a ‘significant’ number of complaints about cllr Harrington’s tweet. However, it confirmed that the council has no power to suspend or dismiss him from his elected role.

The statement added: ‘The council has been advised that Councillor Harrington’s tweet is under investigation by Warwickshire Police as a potential hate crime. Consequently, the council will await the outcome of that investigation before it considers any further action.’

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