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Councillor suspended for 'offensive' Jo Cox comments

The comment was made in relation to the Jo Cox memorial fund Credit: Facebook

An East Yorkshire Councillor has apologised after he was suspended following a Facebook post deemed 'inappropriate and offensive' in relation to Jo Cox's memorial fund.

Cllr Dominic Peacock is a member of the Conservative party Credit: East Riding Council

East Riding Councillor Dominic Peacock posted a message on a Facebook site with a report how the memorial fund had now raised £1m, adding the comment: "I've just donated the steam off my ****!"

Following inappropriate and offensive comments made on social media relating to the sad and tragic death of Jo Cox MP, I have suspended Cllr Dominic Peacock from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Conservative Group with immediate effect. I shall be reporting this to a meeting of the full Group and my recommendation will be that he be expelled.

All people in public life, irrespective of politics should be united in condemning the fatal and dreadful attack on Jo Cox. This is not the time for inappropriate remarks, however intended, and I will not tolerate them in my Group, and residents should expect their elected representatives to act in an appropriate and compassionate way.

I will also be asking the Group to make a contribution to the Memorial Fund set up in the name of Jo Cox.

– Cllr Stephen Parnaby OBE, Leader, East Riding of Yorkshire Council & Leader, Conservative Group

Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart said Cllr Peacock should be 'utterly ashamed'.

“I was appalled by Councillor Peacock’s grossly offensive and insensitive post and it is right that he has now apologised unreservedly and removed the post. Jo Cox is a huge loss to British politics, was a warm and caring person and leaves behind a devastated family. Councillor Peacock should be utterly ashamed. I fully support his suspension from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Conservative Group.”

– Graham Stuart MP

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