A SENIOR Leyland councillor has been suspended by the local Conservative group pending an investigation.

It comes after party officials felt Cllr Michael Green, who represents Moss Side on South Ribble Council, had brought the Tories into disrepute after retweeting a tweet and photograph of saluting Nazis and Adolf Hitler stating ‘#Lab18 is starting tomorrow and an early Momentum fringe meeting is underway in the hall.’

Cllr Green, who is also a county councillor, has apologised for his actions in a statement from the Conservative Party.

It said: “I apologise for retweeting a tweet about a Momentum fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference.

“I am deeply concerned that anti-Semitism appears to be growing in mainstream British politics and worried about the impact this may have on many people.

“Upon reflection, it was a misjudgement to express the concern in this way.

“I apologise for any offence which may have been caused, including to Momentum members, but this was not intended.

“This is a lesson for myself and everyone who uses social media.

“In the future, I will take even more care before sharing items.”

Reports have been circulating after Michael’s mother Mary and leader of the council, defended her son and also compared the Labour Party and their leadership to the Nazi party and it caused chaos in the chamber at last Wednesday’s Full Council meeting.

Some South Ribble councillors say that the apology does not go far enough.

Cllr Paul Foster, leader of the opposition, said: “I am just appalled by it.

“I don’t know where they are going from now on and also how it serves their community, which is what we are here to do.

“The apology is just a knee-jerk reaction to him over-stepping the mark. He needs to grow up and pay for his actions.”

A Lancashire County Council spokesman said: “We have received a complaint and we’re currently looking into it.”

Cllr Michael Green will hear about the outcome of his suspension on October 13.