BBC News reporter investigated after Facebook rant calling Tories the 'new Nazis'

'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,' now deleted post read

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A BBC News reporter is being investigated after a post appeared on his account calling the Conservative Party “new Nazis”.

The post on the account belonging to Danny Carpenter argued the Tory party proposed “cynical, vicious, racist and xenophobic” legislation and called for a commons debate on Brexit.

Mr Carpenter, a news reporter for BBC Look North in Yorkshire and North Midlands, reportedly suggested Britain’s decision to leave the EU was prompted by an “undemocratic” and “non-legally binding” referendum result. The post said the result was attained through scaremongering and false truths about the British economy.

The message under Mr Carpenter's name on Facebook said: “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.

"And let’s start by demanding a commons debate on Brexit and voting out this utterly undemocratic and non-legally binding referendum result which was achieved by a combination of dishonest fearmongering and lies about the economy”.

It is not clear when the post, which was screengrabbed by political blogger Guido Fawkes, was written.

A spokesperson for the BBC told The Independent the matter was being investigated.

“The impartiality of our journalism is of the utmost importance to us. We have clear social media guidelines for staff, which we take very seriously,” the spokesperson for BBC North said.

“We have spoken to the member of staff and we are continuing to investigate.”

BBC editorial guidelines demand impartiality for all its channels and services.

“We must be inclusive, considering the broad perspective and ensuring the existence of a range of view is appropriately reflected,” the guidelines stated online say.

“The external activities of staff, presenters and others who contribute to our output can also affect the BBC’s reputation for impartiality.”

A Twitter account in the name of Mr Carpenter, @eyeofyork, has been deleted. The biography for the account read: ”BBC reporter/vj yorkshire look north all views expressed purely my quirky own.”

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