Reading Council’s executive member for the environment has been sacked after an apparently racist tweet about black MP Chuka Umunna was exposed by Political Scrapbook. Liberal Democrat Warren Swaine used Twitter during a recent episode of Question Time to attack the Streatham MP:
Swaine refused to defend or explain the remark, other than to claim it was “satirical” and that those complaining were “muppets”.
Cllr Swaine always uses the fact that his mother is Sri Lankan but you don’t have to be white to be racist.
Seizing the opportunity presented by the Twitter gaffe, the final straw for Swaine seems to have been a challenge to Reading Council deputy leader Kirsten Bayes asking “if Cllr Swaine’s comments represent the position of the Liberal Democrat group.”
Warren now has a lot more time available to tweet about black people on TV.