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Tory councillor Nick Harrington suspended for anti-Irish 'gypsies' Eurovision tweet

'Thanks Ireland. You can keep your f’king gypsies! Hard border coming folks'

Tory councillor Nick Harrington has been suspended for posting an anti-Irish tweet during Eurovision song contest.

The tweet said: "#Eurovision2017. Thanks Ireland. You can keep your f’king gypsies! Hard border coming folks".

Warwick District Council said it had received "a significant number of tweets and emails of complaint" about the tweet posted on Saturday during the song contest.

Warwick District Council's statement read: "Following the tweet made by Councillor Harrington on the evening of Saturday 13 May, Warwick District Council received a significant number of tweets and emails of complaint, enquiring what the Council was going to do about the matter.

"Councillor Harrington has been elected by the residents of Stoneleigh and Cubbington ward and is therefore a Councillor of Warwick District Council.

"Councillor Harrington is not employed by Warwick District Council. Where a complaint has been made against the actions or behaviour of a Councillor, the Council has a procedure in place to investigate the complaint and ultimately sanction him or her if the complaint is upheld.

"However, the Council has no power to suspend or dismiss the Councillor from his elected role.

"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.

"Entirely separate to the Council’s actions, the Leader of the Conservative Group, Councillor Andrew Mobbs, has suspended Councillor Harrington from the Group for six months.

"It is also understood that the Conservative Party itself will be investigating the matter."

The Warwick councillor caused further outrage after a Facebook post emerged of him allegedly likening Team GB sprinter Christine Ohuruogu to a scarecrow.

The councillor represents the Stoneleigh and Cubbington ward. He is also director of Leamington-based company Ambay Software. His Twitter account appears to have been removed.

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