Tory councillor suspended over ‘racist’ retweet comparing Diane Abbott to an ape wearing lipstick – Mirror Online – Alan Pearmain, who was deputy chairman of South Ribble Conservative Association, faces an investigation after the message was slammed as racist and the Tories called it “completely unacceptable”.
The original tweet showed an ape with the captions “forget the London look, get the Diane Abbott look” and “let’s get fatty back in a zoo!”.
It was retweeted in December by a Twitter account named “alanpps” with the added comment: “Nice lips kid. But a shade too much rouge”.
The Lancashire Post revealed the account – which boasts to be from a “Tory activist positioned slightly to the right of Attilla the Hun” – was run by Mr Pearmain, a parish councillor near Preston.
Local Labour councillor Keith Martin, who first reported the tweet, claimed it was “bringing [the Conservative] party into disrepute”.