– Conservative Party statement
Councillor Chris Joannides is not endorsed as a Conservative Party Candidate in the forthcoming local government elections in the London Borough of Enfield in May 2014. No Appeal is permitted under Party Rules.
Furthermore, Councillor Joannides is expelled from the Conservative Party for a period of 12 months. He may appeal against this decision and it is our understanding that he intends to do so.
Councillor Joannides told ITV News he deleted the picture from his Facebook page. He said he recalled the caption:
I saw her standing there, I told here she had three beautiful daughters. She didn't have to get all cheesed off by it, it was an honest mistake.
Councillor Joannides added:
The picture of the burkas was not my creation basically, nor was the attached caption. That was placed on my Facebook wall by a Turkish-Cypriot woman, a friend of mine. We were discussing women's rights, discussing the burkas.
- 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.