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Former SDLP councillor Jimmy Carr quits over X-rated pics sent to reporter

By Michelle Smyth

A former councillor who sent nude photos of himself to an undercover reporter dramatically resigned from both his party and his seat last night.

Derry City councillor Jimmy Carr used his publicly-funded iPad and his official council email address to send explicit pictures and a series of lewd messages to undercover Sunday Life reporter Patricia Devlin.

Carr (26) resigned from the SDLP and from Derry City Council last night.

"In light of recent allegations I feel that I must concentrate on my health and my personal life in a private and non-confrontational arena," he said.

The resignation letter to council chief executive Sharon O'Connor also stated: "I am also mindful in this decision that Derry City Council should not be a focus in any allegations levied against me."

Carr had already been suspended on Saturday night pending a full investigation by the SDLP.

Sunday Life revealed Carr used the site Fabswingers to send X-rated 'selfies' to a reporter who had set up a fake account.

Under the pseudonym 'Sparkey', a grinning Carr sent full-length nude pics of himself standing in front of a mirror in his parents' house using his council iPad.

Carr also sent newspaper clippings and a series of sleazy messages to the reporter calling himself "councillor Jimmy".

Carr has represented the Shantallow area since he was elected in 2011. However, he did not get elected to the first Derry and Strabane 'super council' last month after the SDLP withdrew its support shortly before polling day after a controversy over alleged messages about drugs on his council iPad.

Carr also branded previous SDLP leader Mark Durkan a "b******", saying that he "f***** it up" after taking over from John Hume.

During a conversation with the reporter, Carr also claimed that he socialised with and delivered death threats for terrorist group Republican Action Against Drugs.

Sinn Fein councillor Tony Hassan described Carr's antics as foolish. He added: "As a councillor you have a duty to conduct yourself accordingly, you are a public representative."

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