Brighton and Hove 'hired killers' tweet councillor thrown out of Green Party

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Image caption Ben Duncan apologised for the tweet, which he said was taken out of context

A councillor who referred to soldiers as "hired killers" on Armed Forces Day has been thrown out of Brighton and Hove's Green Party.

Ben Duncan posted the tweet during a parade in Brighton on 28 June.

He later apologised, saying his remarks had been taken out of context and there was never any intention to cause any offence.

His removal from the party follows a formal disciplinary process.

Mr Duncan tweeted that he found the march by The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment (PWRR) hard to explain to his nine-year-old son.

Image caption Soldiers from the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment celebrated Armed Forces Day in Brighton

The tweet read: "Armed Forces Day has certainly brought the hired killers on to the streets of Brighton today."

Green MP for Brighton Pavilion Caroline Lucas previously tweeted that Mr Duncan's remarks were deeply offensive.

Mr Duncan said he understood some people might find his views strange and that it was insensitive to people who had lost loved ones in armed conflict.

"I apologise for that," he said. "There was never any intention to cause any offence. It was part of a broader conversation with my son which was put on Twitter and that has been taken out of context."

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