Jo Cox Memorial Fund: Tory Councillor Suspended Over Offensive Facebook Post

Dominic Peacock at first tried to defend the post.

21/06/2016 16:26 | Updated 21 June 2016

A Conservative councillor has been suspended and faces expulsion over a post he made about a fundraising campaign to honour Labour MP Jo Cox.

A Facebook post made from an account believed to belong to Dominic Peacock revealed a link to a story about the memorial fund set up in the MP's memory and was accompanied by the caption: "I’ve just donated the steam off my piss!"

Peacock then went on to defend the post, claiming he was “sick and tired” of Cox’s death being "used against the Brexit cause."

Former aid worker Cox was a passionate campaigner for Britain to stay in the EU. 

The comment has since been deleted and Peacock, a Conservative Party councillor for East Riding who is campaigning for the UK to leave the EU, has issued an "unreserved apology" via the Independent.

But on Tuesday afternoon Peacock was suspended from the East Riding Conservative group by leader of East Riding Council Stephen Parnaby.

Offensive post: Suspended Tory Cllr Dominic Peacock

Parnaby said in a statement: "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. I shall be reporting this to a meeting of the full Group and my recommendation will be that he be expelled.

"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, however intended, 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 member of Beverly Town Council said: "I shouldn’t have used those words or that language… Clearly I shouldn’t have put out a statement that was so sharp. I should have thought. I think the words are 'tired and emotional.'"

The offensive post from Cllr Dominic Peacock

Cox, a mother-of-two, was shot and stabbed outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, on Thursday.

Tommy Mair, 52, from Birstall, appeared on Monday at the Old Bailey via videolink charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.

A fundraising page set up in Cox’s honour has exceeded £1million in donations, which will go to Hope Not Hate, the Royal Voluntary Service and The White Helmets.

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