Requires Welsh councillor to be suspended following ‘xenophobic’ Fb put up

Requires Welsh councillor to be suspended following ‘xenophobic’ Fb put up


Welsh councillor has been criticised for posting an image of himself holding a supposed firearm on social media whereas commenting that he was ensuring “there wasn’t any English folks attempting to cross the channel”.

Some politicians have referred to as for Plaid Cymru councillor Jon Scriven to be suspended over the now-deleted Fb put up which has been referred to as “xenophobic” in the direction of the English.

The put up by the consultant of Penyrheol in Caerphilly mentioned: “Ogmore-by-Sea tonight for a fast swim and ensure there wasn’t any English folks attempting to cross the channel.”

Though the put up was uploaded to the platform on August 8 and later deleted, it started to be broadly shared on Monday afternoon.

Mr Scriven has now apologised for the put up, writing on Fb: “I wish to apologise for any offence brought on by my now deleted Fb put up.

“It was ill-judged and I’ve apologised to the group chief Lindsay Whittle who has accepted my apology.”

Welsh Tory chief Andrew RT Davies tweeted on Monday that he was “speechless”.

“This can be a Plaid Cymru councillor,” he mentioned. “This kind of xenophobic angle is beneath us.”

He referred to as on Plaid chief Adam Value to not “let one other scandal rage on with out decisive motion”.

It’s doable Mr Davies was referring to the saga involving MP Jonathan Edwards who was suspended then readmitted into the Westminster social gathering after receiving a police warning for assaulting his spouse.

Welsh Liberal Democrats chief Jane Dodds MP mentioned in an announcement: “There’s a clear implication of violence and xenophobia on this put up.

“Whether or not or not it was meant as a joke or not, it’s completely inappropriate for an elected official to make such feedback, when they need to know higher.

“With a lot hate in politics the previous couple of years we needs to be attempting to construct bridges, not stoke division additional.

“Plaid Cymru should now do the correct factor and droop the councillor in query.”

Caerphilly Senedd member Labour’s Hefin David had earlier within the day tweeted a screenshot of the put up saying: “Not acceptable absolutely Caerphilly Plaid?”

Hours later in one other tweet, Mr David mentioned: “To those that posted offensive feedback in response to this. Our society is dealing with large challenges.

“We needs to be in search of to unite and deal with actual issues such because the cost-of-living disaster.

“Wrapping your self in a flag and hating outsiders gained’t assist a single particular person in want.”

A Plaid Cymru spokesperson mentioned: “Councillor Scriven’s now deleted put up was inappropriate and goes towards Plaid Cymru’s views and values.

“He was proper to apologise for any offence brought on.

“All Plaid Cymru elected representatives have an obligation to uphold the best requirements. Councillor Scriven has been suspended pending an investigation.”

Caerphilly County Borough Council has been contacted for remark.

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