A councillor embroiled in a race-hate Facebook scandal has been kicked out of the Conservative party.

Chris Joannides has been expelled for a period of 12 months after Conservative Party Central Office launched an investigation into his re-selection as a candidate for Grange ward in this year's council elections.

At a meeting of the Conservative Party's board this morning, senior figures formally ruled Mr Joannides out of seeking re-election in May.

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