Tory councillor who sent anti-Irish tweet last night is suspended

The tweet that he then deleted
The tweet that he then deleted

A Tory councillor who last night sent an anti-Irish tweet has been suspended following a backlash on Twitter, reports suggest.

According to The Journal website the Conservative politician Nick Harrington has been temporarily suspended pending an investigation by the leader of Warwick Council. 

Andrew Mobbs, leader of the council, told the news website he was appalled by the comments and that there could be no justification for it. 

During the Eurovision Song Contest last night Harrington tweeted the following: "#Eurovision2017 thanks Ireland.  You can keep your f’king gypsies! Hard border coming folks!"

Ireland had just awarded the UK no points in the contest and this apparently spurred the comment. 

After a subsequent backlash the councillor deleted his tweet and then his account. 

However, screenshots of the tweet were circulated widely and were brought to the attention of the Warwick Council, who have opened an investigation. A number of people labelled the comment 'racist'.

Ireland failed to qualify for the final after Brendan Murray's song 'Dying to Try' failed to achieve the requisite amount of points.