Councillor caught tweeting during minute’s silence for Tunisia victims

Councillor Martin Petchey
Councillor Martin Petchey

A councillor was caught tweeting during today’s midday minute of silence in memory of the Tunisia terror attack victims.

One week on from the beach massacre, the nation came to a standstill to remember the 38 people killed - including 30 British tourists.

But during the 60-second act of remembrance, Parish Councillor for Fishermead Martin Petchey tweeted the MK Citizen in response to a story about alleged illegal immigrants.

The former Labour councillor for Stantonbury, who lost his seat in MK Council on May 8, argued against the timing of the tweet - despite Twitter recording it at 12pm.

Mr Petchey said: “Not according to Fishermead Standard Time.”

During the minute’s silence, flags were flown at half-mast over Whitehall and Buckingham Palace, while play at Wimbledon was delayed in respect of the victims brutally killed in Sousse.

Councillor tweets during minute's silence in memory of Tunisia terror victims

Councillor tweets during minute's silence in memory of Tunisia terror victims

On November 11, actor Warwick Davis came under fire for tweeting about his new set of free luggage during the two-minute silence to commemorate Remembrance Day.

After being bombarded with criticism from his followers as soon as the silence ended, Mr Davis apologised for the ‘ill-timed’ tweet.