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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'

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Warwick District Councillor Nick Harrington suspended

Warwick District Councillor Nick Harrington suspended

Nick Harrington

Warwick District Councillor Nick Harrington suspended

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.

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Ireland's Brendan Murray performs the song "Dying to Try" during the second semi-final dress rehearsal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on May 10, 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's Brendan Murray performs the song "Dying to Try" during the second semi-final dress rehearsal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on May 10, 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11: Claudia Faniello representing Malta performs the song "Breathlessly" during the rehearsal for the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11: Claudia Faniello representing Malta performs the song "Breathlessly" during the rehearsal for the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

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KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11:  Volodymur Ostapchuk and Oleksandr Skichko perform on stage during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017.  (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11: Volodymur Ostapchuk and Oleksandr Skichko perform on stage during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

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KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11:  Jacques Houdek representing Croatia performs the song 'My Friend' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017.  (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11: Jacques Houdek representing Croatia performs the song 'My Friend' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

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Jacques Houdek of Croatia performs with the song My Friend during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Jacques Houdek of Croatia performs with the song My Friend during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11:  JOWST representing Norway performs the song 'Grab The Moment' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017.  (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11: JOWST representing Norway performs the song 'Grab The Moment' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

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Naviband representing Belarus perform the song 'Story of My Life' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest (Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

Naviband representing Belarus perform the song 'Story of My Life' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest (Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

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Naviband of Belarus performs with the song Story of My Life during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Naviband of Belarus performs with the song Story of My Life during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Serbia's Tijana Bogicevic performs the song "In Too Deep" during the second semi-final dress rehearsal of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on May 10, 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Serbia's Tijana Bogicevic performs the song "In Too Deep" during the second semi-final dress rehearsal of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on May 10, 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11:  IMRI representing Israel performs the song 'I Feel Alive' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017.  (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11: IMRI representing Israel performs the song 'I Feel Alive' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

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Nathan Trent of Austria performs with the song "Running On Air" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Nathan Trent of Austria performs with the song "Running On Air" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Nathan Trent of Austria performs with the song "Running On Air" during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Nathan Trent of Austria performs with the song "Running On Air" during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Ilinca ft. Alex Florea of Romania perform with the song Yodel It during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Ilinca ft. Alex Florea of Romania perform with the song Yodel It during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Joci Papai of Hungary performs with the song "Origo" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Joci Papai of Hungary performs with the song "Origo" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Fusedmarc of Lithuania performs with the song Rain Of Revolution during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Fusedmarc of Lithuania performs with the song Rain Of Revolution during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Koit Toome and Laura perform with the song Verona during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Koit Toome and Laura perform with the song Verona during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Brendan Murray of Ireland performs with the song "Dying to Try" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Brendan Murray of Ireland performs with the song "Dying to Try" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Brendan Murray of Ireland performs with the song "Dying to Try" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Brendan Murray of Ireland performs with the song "Dying to Try" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson of San Marino perform with the song "Spirit of the Night" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson of San Marino perform with the song "Spirit of the Night" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Timebelle of Switzerland performs with the song  Apollo  during the second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Timebelle of Switzerland performs with the song Apollo during the second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11:  Koit Toome & Laura representing Estonia perform the song 'Verona'during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017.  (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11: Koit Toome & Laura representing Estonia perform the song 'Verona'during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

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United Kingdom's Lucie Jones performs the song "Never Give Up on You" during rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, May 8, 2017. The first semi final of The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be held on May 9. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

United Kingdom's Lucie Jones performs the song "Never Give Up on You" during rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, May 8, 2017. The first semi final of The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be held on May 9. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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Norway"s JOWST performs the song "Grab the Moment" during rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 6, 2017. The first semi final of The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be held on May 9. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Norway"s JOWST performs the song "Grab the Moment" during rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 6, 2017. The first semi final of The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be held on May 9. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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Ireland's Brendan Murray performs the song "Dying to Try" during the second semi-final dress rehearsal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on May 10, 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

"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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