A Sunderland city councillor has been expelled from his party after he made offensive comments about rape at a meeting.
Conservative party chiefs said comments by Washington South member Eddie Wake, 56, at the end of a meeting with police, were “totally unacceptable”.
Senior party officials expelled him from the Conservative group on Monday.
Mr Wake said he intended to stay on as a councillor and regretted his “lapse of judgement”.
At least three councillors reported Mr Wake to his party and to Sunderland Council’s standards committee, after he cracked what was described as a “sick joke” at the close of a recent meeting with police about a rape prevention campaign.