A former mayor has been suspended by the Tories after allegedly posting a racist ‘joke’ on Facebook comparing Asian people to dogs.
Rosemary Carroll, a Conservative councillor, shared a post about a man asking for benefits for his pet, using racial comparisons.
She was Mayor of Pendle until last month but was suspended from her party after the post appeared on her account this week.
The local Conservative branch posted a statement about the ‘inappropriate post’ on Facebook after the allegations came to light.
They said she had been suspended: ‘This is the result of an inappropriate social media post shared by Cllr Carroll on her own Facebook page.
‘We will be making no further comment until the investigation has concluded.’
Cllr Carroll, who represents Earby on Pendle Borough Council in Lancashire, is now listed as an independent and her Facebook account seems to have disappeared following the allegations.
Labour Councillor Wayne Blackburn, representing Clover Hill Ward, posted on Facebook saying he had always found her to be ‘a welcoming and engaging person and colleague’.
But he said: ‘Having said that, I am deeply saddened by the post she put on Facebook.
‘We live in a diverse part of the country, inhabited by people from all faiths and walks of life. I therefore cannot even begin to understand why Cllr Carroll would post such an offensive item on her page.
People today have totally lost their sense of humour. Twenty years ago people would have be taking this joke in the way it was meant, to make people laugh because it is funny and in many way’s true, The PC brigade our out in force to take away laughter from everyone. I think the Conservative Councillor was very brave for even putting the joke on Facebook, because she knew the consequences,maybe she she was speaking for all the MPs that are to afraid to speak their minds, whatever the reason, i was laughing at the joke and i am now sharing it for all to see. Keep On Laughing.