10/01/2022

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Calls for Plaid Cymru Councillor to be suspended following Xenophobic Facebook Post:

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have called on Plaid Cymru to suspend one of their councillors in Caerphilly over a Facebook post they state demonstrates xenophobia towards English people.

In the now deleted Facebook post, Councillor Jon Scriven (Plaid Cymru – Penyrheol Ward) is seen brandishing a rifle with the caption “Ogemore-by-Sea tonight for a quick swim and make sure there wasn’t any English people trying to cross the channel.”

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have called on Plaid Cymru to suspend the councillor, with a spokesperson stating:

“There is a clear implication of violence and xenophobia in this post.

“Whether or not it was intended as a joke or not, it is entirely inappropriate for an elected official to make such comments, when they should know better.

“With so much hate in politics the last few years we should be trying to build bridges, not stoke division further.

“Plaid Cymru must now do the right thing and suspend the councillor in question.”

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