A WINCHESTER city councillor is being investigated after allegedly posting Islamophobic opinions on social media.

Cllr Judith Clementson has been suspended from the Conservative Party after the tweets were exposed by the Hope not Hate group.

When pressed about authorship of the tweets, Cllr Clementson did not deny or admit to running the account in question.

But leader of the Conservative group on the council Cllr Caroline Horrill confirmed that she had been suspended.

Cllr Horrill, said the Denmead representative has been suspended by the party, a fact confirmed by a Conservative national spokesman.

Cllr Clementson said: “There is no room for debate in this country anymore.

"I’d rather not be a Conservative than be told what to do or say.

"Whenever you try to say something outside of the normal, people just want to label you.”

She also said that she had been suspended by the Tories for separate matters.

Cllr Horrill said her suspension was “pending an investigation into her social media account.

She added: "Judy is therefore not currently a member of the Conservative councillor group.”

However when asked, a city council spokesperson said: “The chief executive has not been notified that Cllr Clementson is no longer a member of the Conservative Group.”

The council website lists her as still being a member of the group.

She has been posting recently onto the ‘InTouch with Denmead County and District Councillors’ Facebook page that highlights the work of Conservative councillors.