Council leader's disbelief at 'appalling derogatory' comment
"DEROGATORY" tweeting landed a county politican in hot water.
Councillor Joe Harris (LD, Cirencester Park) tweeted: "Cllr Shaun Parsons – @GlosCC's member for the early 20th Century" during a meeting at Shire Hall.
The tweet during the County Council's full meeting included a black and white photograph of Mr Parsons, a Conservative councillor who represents South Cerney in the Cotswolds.
The message sent at 12.36pm, has now been deleted but it sparked outrage in the meeting on Wednesday from Mark Hawthorne, the Conservative leader of the council.
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Mr Hawthorne said: "This is absolutely appalling and I will be passing this on to the Liberal Democrat group leader, Colin Hay.
"This is a chamber where we debate robustly, but to make a blatantly derogatory comment about someone is unfortunate and something that must be dealt with.
"I am still shaking with disbelief that this has happened."
Councillor Colin Hay (LD, All Saints and Oakley), leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said he had spoken to Mr Parsons after the meeting.
Mr Hay said that while Mr Harris' tweet was not "very wise" the reaction from Mr Hawthorne was "over the top".
Mr Hay said: "The tweet probably wasn't very wise and I think there are a couple of issues about tweeting during meetings.
"We should be concentrating on the meeting.
"If you are going to tweet, tweet afterwards.
"Joe said he didn't mean to cause offence and that it was a joke."