Tory councillor David Stephenson has been removed from his post on Erewash Borough Council after making a sick “joke” about two police officers shot dead in Manchester. He was overheard saying:
“If you get 100 points for shooting one policewoman and 200 points for shooting two policewomen, how many do you get for shooting a lawyer?”
Local Tory council leader Chris Corbett – himself the father of a serving police officer – said he was “appalled” by Stephenson’s behaviour, and said that as well as being removed as a council exec member, Stephenson would no longer be on the panel of candidates for future elections as a Tory candidate. Corbett seems to have handled this situation impeccably – but the same can’t be said for Stephenson. He has apologised now, but allegedly told a police officer ”go away, you silly man” when initially confronted over his comments
Derby Telegraph has the full story and reaction.