Cambridgeshire

Conservative candidate George Stoakley suspended over tweets

George Stoakley Image copyright .
Image caption George Stoakley has been asked to comment about the tweets

An aspiring Conservative councillor has been suspended after apparently making offensive comments on Twitter.

Among tweets allegedly composed by George Stoakley, 23, who is standing for election in Cambridgeshire, was one saying that he was "sweating like a Jew in an attic".

In another, Aids was likened to "weaponised semen". Mr Stoakley's tweets have since been made private.

A Tory spokesperson said he had been suspended and an inquiry was under way.

Mr Stoakley was chosen by the Conservative Party to stand for election in the Fen Ditton and Fulbourn ward in the south-east of the county.

Image copyright Twitter
Image copyright Twitter

On Thursday his party confirmed Mr Stoakley was suspended, pending an investigation.

The deadline for withdrawing has already passed, and so, despite the suspension, electoral law means his name and party will still appear on ballot papers for the South Cambridgeshire District Council elections.

The BBC has asked Mr Stoakley to comment about the tweets, which appeared on the social media site in 2013.

Image copyright Twitter

Other candidates standing for election in Fen Ditton and Fulbourn are:

Frances Amrani - Labour and Co-operative

Tim Andrews - Labour

Steve Bradshaw - Green

Graham Cone - Conservative

Claire Daunton - Liberal Democrat

Oliver Fisher - Green

Mark Lunn - Liberal Democrat

Cathie Rae - Labour

Rob Turner - Conservative

John Williams - Liberal Democrat

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites