London’s new Night Czar, popular comedian Amy Lame, has been asked to delete “offensive” tweets from before her appointment – including one accusing David Cameron of using his “dead son as a pawn”.
She also wrote that she had a “fantasy of bitch-slapping” Cameron and Baroness Warsi, a former Conservative minister.
And the backlash led London Assembly member Gareth Bacon to say: “I find it quite incredible that despite being made aware of these grossly offensive comments on Twitter, the panel and the Mayor still felt she was the right person for the job.”
Another one of her tweets said that “I could say that George Osborne is a c***, but he has neither the warmth or the depth.”
One Londoner, who asked not to be named, said: “In fairness to the woman, that is quite a witty one.”
She has also written to some Conservative-run councils to apologise for the message.
The London Mayor’s office said: “The Night Czar is a crucial role that will work to support London’s night-time economy – creating jobs and growth for Londoners and protecting our cultural assets.
“There has been an open and rigorous application process for the Night Czar role – almost 200 people applied – and Amy Lamé was the most qualified candidate.
“Amy’s appointment has been widely acclaimed by organisations including UK Music, Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, Society of London Theatre, Ernst and Young, London First, London Councils and others.”