Lib Dem Councillor Who 'Hopes Donald Trump Is Assassinated' Suspended From Party

A Liberal Democrat councillor has been suspended by the party after saying that she hoped Donald Trump would be "assassinated."

Laura Benson, who serves on Redcar and Cleveland council in the North East of England, posted on Facebook in response to a story in a newspaper, local paper the Gazette reported.

"Someone wants to cut the orange ****** head off and use that as a trophy or sell it for rubber," Benson posted, as a reaction to the article about Trump reportedly reversing a ban on the importing of elephant trophies derived from legal hunting in Africa.

"I hope he is assassinated. His wife wants to be ashamed of herself too. Standing by that."

A Lib Dem spokesperson confirmed the suspension to Newsweek, and said that: "The party is investigating this as a matter of urgency. Much as we disapprove of Donald Trump, such comments are completely unacceptable and extremely tasteless."

Theresa May And Donald Trump
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. Carlos Barria/Reuters

Newsweek has contacted Benson for a comment but has yet to receive a response. She has represented the council ward of Newcomen since March, having won the seat in a by-election following the death of its previous incumbent.

The council is dominated by the Labour party, with 28 of its councillors in office. The Liberal democrats are the second strongest, on 11, just ahead of the Conservatives on 10.

The report follows a week of heated debate about Trump in British politics, after the U.S. president retweeted far-right group Britain First.

Following the move, which was condemned as "wrong" by Prime Minister Theresa May and other members of the government, MPs called on Trump to delete his Twitter account.

Other MPs and politicians lobbied the government to cancel Trump's forthcoming state visit to the U.K. "After this latest incident, it is increasingly clear that any official visit at all from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed," Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said.