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Councillor slammed for "hired killers" Armed Forces Day tweet
Updated 11:23am Monday 30th June 2014 in News
UPDATE: A councillor has apologised for tweeting: "Armed Forces Day has certainly brought the hired killers onto the streets of Brighton today".
Armed Forces Day has certainly brought the hired killers onto the streets of #Brighton today. Hard to explain to my son!
— Ben Duncan (@KemptownBen) June 28, 2014
The comment has provoked an angry response, with people calling for his resignation and labelling him "spineless".
And Green Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas called on the local party to take disciplinary action against Coun Duncan if he does not immediately apologise.
Ms Lucas also said she had spoken directly to Coun Duncan, and shortly after 11am, he took to Twitter again to apologise.
Apols for offence caused by tweet re soldiers on streets. Many will hav been remembering loved ones who died & was insensitive to their loss— Ben Duncan (@KemptownBen) June 30, 2014
The original tweet has been retweeted by scores of other Twitter users, including the political blogger Guido Fawkes, who added:
Last tweet from Brighton Green councillor. He should tell his son they risk their lives for his freedom of speech.— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) June 30, 2014