Tory councillor suspended following Twitter immigration row

The Conservative party have confirmed that Sowerby councillor Mike Payne has been suspended by the party.

Wednesday, 4th April 2018, 5:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th April 2018, 5:31 pm
Councillor Mike Payne has been suspended pending further investigation.

In a short statement, a Conservative spokesman said: “Mr Payne has been suspended by the Party pending an investigation.”

The suspension comes in the days after a Labour Councillor confronted him over social media posts in 2013 in which he shared an article entitled ‘France Slashes Benefits to Muslim Parasites by 83%’.

Coun Payne defended the action, claiming he was sharing the post in relation to French immigration policy alone.

The Halifax Courier have contacted Coun Payne for comment.