By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2010
A council leader has been suspended from the Conservative party after a photograph of him dressed as Adolf Hitler emerged on Facebook.
Dr Mike Gardner, who was first elected in 1999 and is the leader of Harrogate Borough Council, was pictured giving a Nazi salute at a party in May.
The Harrogate and Knaresborough Conservative Association has de-selected him and will investigate his conduct.
Dr Gardner said the party had been themed around dressing as a figure from the year you were born. He said: "I was born in the war. Hitler was an iconic figure."