“Bias” BBC reporter suspended after “dubbing Tories RACIST in Facebook rant about Brexit”

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Danny Carpenter, who presents BBC”s Look North, has been suspended and is under investigation after reportedly calling the Tories “cynical, vicious, racist and xenophobic” – and urged the Labour party to unite.

In a public meltdown on Facebook, Mr Carpenter allegedly wrote: “Now let’s see the Labour Party grow some proper balls and unite in the lobbies to vote out every cynical, vicious, racist and xenophobic piece of legislation these new Nazis propose.”

Mr Carpenter also reportedly called for the result of the EU referendum to be shunned by Parliament in a desperate bid to override the will of 17.4million voters.

The BBC is funded by taxpayers and is obliged to be neutral in its reporting.

Tory MP Nigel Adams slammed Mr Carpenter, saying: “I was gobsmacked to read the BBC journalist comments.

“Neutrality is so important but when you read such anti-Tory rhetoric from a well known local reporter, it does nothing to heal the preconceptions about BBC bias that many in politics have.”

Head of BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Helen Thomas said she was investigating the claims after receiving a complaint from Mr Adams.

She said: “Impartiality is of the utmost importance to the BBC.”

And the BBC chief added there were “guidelines in place for our staff, including the use of social media”.

She said: “Be assured we’re taking these allegations very seriously and the journalists concerned will not be reporting for the BBC pending the outcome of our investigation.”

Mr Adams has welcomed news an investigation into Mr Carpenter”s alleged controversial post.

The Tory MP told the Sun: “I welcome Mr Carpenter’s suspension and it is only right that he be taken off the air ahead of what I hope will be a thorougher investigation into his disgusting comments.”

Mr Carpenter, who presented Yorkshire news for more than 20 years, has deleted his Twitter account.