Cleadon councillor’s Twitter rant

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A CONTROVESIAL politician is in hot water again after using abusive language on a social networking site.

During a recent exchange on Twitter, Councillor David Potts, ex-leader of the Conservatives on South Tyneside Council, used a sexually explicit term when referring to a fellow Tweeter.

It came in a series of exchanges with a person with the account name of Cleadonsteve.

Earlier this year 28-year-old Coun Potts used Twitter to abuse David Miliband, after the North East MP accepted a role with Sunderland AFC.

He resigned from the Conservative Party and now serves as an Independent for the Cleadon and East Boldon ward.

However, he has only attended one council meeting since the turn of the year, causing anger among political opponents who say he has no right to claim his councillor’s basic £700-a-month allowance.

Former fellow Conservative ward representative, Coun Jeff Milburn, urged him to resign.

Coun Milburn described Coun Potts’ language as “absolutely disgraceful”, adding: “It takes politics into the gutter and is totally reprehensible.

Coun Potts was unavailable for comment.