A Tory councillor has been expelled from his party after comparing Muslim children wearing burkas to binbags on Facebook.
Chris Joannides, a councillor for Enfield, in north London, also upset colleagues by complaining that his job as a local councillor was interfering with his social life.
Conservative Central Office has now dropped him as a candidate for the local elections in May and expelled him from the party for 12 months.
The decision comes after Mr Joannides posted a photograph showing a woman and child dressed in the traditional Muslim clothing standing next to two binbags.
A caption read: “I saw her standing there and I told her she had three beautiful children. She didn’t have to get all ****** off and threaten me. It was an honest mistake!”
Mr Joannides, who represents Grange Ward, did not compose the words, but shared them as “blokeish banter,” he said later.