A senior Derbyshire councillor has lost his cabinet position after making a “poor joke” about two Manchester police officers who were shot dead last week.
PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes were killed in Mottram last Tuesday.
David Stephenson was removed by Erewash Borough Council leader Chris Corbett for his remarks about scoring points for killing police officers.
Mr Stephenson said: “What I did was undoubtedly tactless – it was a poor joke and I apologise.”
However the Conservative councillor said he believed his punishment was harsh.
Mr Stephenson made the comments in front of the wife of a sergeant with Nottinghamshire Police.
‘Inappropriate and crass’
She told her husband and he then complained to the council.
Mr Corbett described Mr Stephenson’s comments as “inappropriate and crass”.