Offensive tweet from councillor under investigation by police

A tweet sent from a Warwick district councillor’s account over the weekend is under investigation by the authorities, Warwickshire Police has confirmed.

The tweet contained offensive language about Irish people following the country’s vote in the Eurovision Song Contest, which was held on Saturday.

Nick Harrington, a Conservative who represents Stoneleigh and Cubbington just north of Leamington Spa, has apologised and has been suspended from the council for six weeks.

“It is an ongoing investigation at the moment. Until we complete the investigation we cannot comment further,” Inspector Russell Barker of Warwickshire Police told the BBC.

But the leader of the council, Andrew Mobbs, said he wanted Harrington to be removed altogether.

“I cannot just throw him out, it has to go through the proper channels. What I can say is I do not want this person back in our group or as a councillor,” Councillor Mobbs said.

(Photo: Warwick District Council via BBC)

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