The Conservative Party has suspended Dominic Peacock, a councillor from the East Riding of Yorkshire council and for Beverley Town Council, after he posted a hate comment about the murdered MP Jo Cox.
Sharing a photo of the memorial fund to the former MP for Batley and Spen, Peacock wrote that:
“I’ve just donated the steam off my piss”.
The Conservative Party confirmed that the councillor has been suspended. Stephen Parnaby, the leader of the East Riding of Yorkshire council, said:
“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.
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 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”.
Peacock, who is also a campaigner for Vote Leave and representative of the Royal British Legion, apologised and said:
“I put it in a flippant way and I can see why people think it’s appalling. I shouldn’t have done it and I issue an unreserved apology to anyone who I have hurt or offended”.
Vote Leave issued a statement saying:
“He is not welcome to campaign with us”.