Twitter comment Labour councillor suspended

Councillor Mark Cherry Image copyright Banbury Labour party
Image caption Councillor Mark Cherry said he was horrified when he saw the tweet

A Labour councillor has been suspended from the party after a controversial tweet, which led to complaints, was sent from his account.

Mark Cherry, a district and county councillor in Banbury, Oxfordshire, said his account was hacked and he did not post the comment and picture.

A Labour spokesperson said Mr Cherry had been suspended pending an inquiry.

Mr Cherry, who remains an independent councillor, said he had informed police and changed his password.

He told BBC News: "I was horrified when I saw it. I've had my email broken into and my account hacked before.

"There is an investigation and I'll be able to give my side of the story. I know I'm innocent."

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