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Councillor Joannides told ITV News he deleted the picture from his Facebook page. He said he recalled the caption:
Councillor Joannides added:
- Councillor Joannides, who was once Britain's youngest Greek-Cypriot councillor, was suspended from his local Conservative association earlier this year
- Conservative Party HQ has now deselected him as a candidate in May's election and expelled him for 12 months
- Councillor Joannides was unavailable for comment
A Conservative councillor has been thrown out of the party for a year after a picture on his Facebook page appeared to compare burkas to binbags.
Chris Joannides was a member of the Tory opposition on Labour-run Enfield Council in north London. The photo on his Facebook page is said to have shown a woman and a child in a burka standing between two binbags.
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The photograph showing a woman and a child in a burka standing between two binbags appeared a Councillor's Facebook page.