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Brighton councillor Ben Duncan disciplined over forces tweet

  • 1 July 2014
  • From the section Sussex
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Ben Duncan apologised for the tweet, which he said had been taken out of context

A formal disciplinary process has begun after a Brighton councillor referred to soldiers as "hired killers" during Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

Green councillor Ben Duncan tweeted that he found the march by The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment (PWRR) hard to explain to his nine-year-old son.

The tweet read: "Armed Forces Day has certainly brought the hired killers on to the streets of Brighton today."

He later apologised, saying his remarks had been taken out of context.

The Green Party of Brighton and Hove has said that formal disciplinary proceedings "were justified".

Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas, previously tweeted that Mr Duncan's remarks were deeply offensive.

Mr Duncan said he understood that some people might find his views strange, and that it was insensitive to people who had lost loved ones in armed conflict.

"I apologise for that," he said. "There was never any intention to cause any offence. It was part of a broader conversation with my son which was put on Twitter and that has been taken out of context."

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