Saturday, 18 August 2018 06:12


The SNP has told Ruth Davidson thoat she can’t keep dodging the issue of extremism and Islamophobia in her Tory party – after yet another council candidate was found to have shared offensive posts on Facebook.

Fife by-election candidate Dave Colman is the latest Tory to face concerns over his behaviour and opinions – with the SNP calling on him to stand down as a candidate, as well as renewing calls for Ruth Davidson to carry out a full audit of her party’s representatives in an effort to root out other extremists and bigots in the Tory party.

Humza Yousaf wrote to Ruth Davidson in May asking her to take action against the extremists in her party, in the wake of the Muslim Council of Scotland raising their concerns about Islamophobes within the Tory party, but he did not receive a response.

Commenting, SNP MSP George Adam said:
“This is yet another example of extremism and bigotry within the Tory party.
“It’s clear for all to see that this problem is not going to go away for Ruth Davidson. She can’t keep trying to dodge the issue.
“But the longer she does dodge the issue, the clearer it will be to the bigots, Islamophobes and extremists that she thinks that this kind of behaviour is acceptable.
“We’ve already seen prominent MPs attacking minority groups and getting away with it – as well as countless councillors and candidates sharing all kinds of bile on social media with next to no punishment. Ruth Davidson’s party is rife with this kind of bigotry, extremism and Islamophobia.
“It’s time for Ruth Davidson to finally stand up to and throw the extremists out of her Tory party.”

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Moray Tory MP Douglas Ross said in an interview that if he were Prime Minister for the day his number one priority would be “tougher enforcement against gypsies and travellers” – note: not illegal or unpermitted camping sites but a group of people. He then went on GMS to defend himself, describing gypsy travellers as a “blight on our community” who had to be “dealt with”. Amnesty International described his comments as “divisive” and “inflammatory rhetoric that creates barriers”. 
The Daily Record also exposed Douglas Ross about discrimination against gypsy travellers as a councillor in Moray 9 years ago – he also compared a travellers encampment to a landfill site. 
In a radio interview on 1st September 2017 Ruth Davidson failed to condemn comments by her MP. As far as is known he has not faced any disciplinary action from the Conservatives or undergone diversity training. 
Moray councillor Donald Gatt – a defector from UKIP who Douglas Ross welcomed into the party – said the poor “shouldn’t have kids” and also called for the repeal of gun laws. He was elected as a councillor in the Keith and Cullen ward of Moray Council. 
Stirling councillors Alastair Majury and Robert Davies were both exposed for tweeting vile and racist comments. Majury likened SNP to Nazis, dismissed homelessness and food support charities, attacked benefit claimants and made homophobic remarks against equal marriage. Davies likened black people to cannibals. Both were suspended by the Tories but on 21st August 2017 they were reinstated. Ruth Davidson claimed in a radio interview on Friday 1st September 2017 that both had undergone diversity training as part of the disciplinary action against them and that they were “in talks with…Show Racism The Red Card, because they want to be able to change their behaviour." Davies eventually “resigned” (Stirling Observer) or according to the Tories had his membership “terminated”. 
Ian James – elected councillor in the Strathtay ward of Perth & Kinross Council – describing the term “African American” as a “stupid politically correct euphemism”, hailed the days of “political characters” like Enoch Powell and called the First Minister a “poison dwarf”. He has been pictured with Ruth Davidson in campaign photos. 
Neill Graham - elected councillor in the Paisley Northeast and Ralston ward of Renfrewshire Council – appeared in a leaked BNP membership database. He denied membership of the BNP but admitted it was his mobile number. He has been pictured with Ruth Davidson in campaign photos. 
Ron McKail – elected councillor in the Westhill ward of Aberdeenshire Council – shared Islamophobic Britain First posts online, and posts comparing people wearing the Burka to patio umbrellas. 
Todd Ferguson – elected councillor in Dalry and West Kilbride in North Ayrshire – questioned the relevance of the views of an SNP candidate because she was born in the Netherlands 
Colin McGavigan – elected councillor in the Clydesdale South ward in South Lanarkshire – called carers ‘the great unwashed’ 
David Wilson – elected councillor in the Inverclyde East ward in Inverclyde – asked gay councillors to out themselves while complaining about funding a local LGBT group. 
Kathleen Leslie – elected councillor in the Burntisland, Kinghorn and Western Kirkcaldy ward in Fife – called the First Minister a ‘drooling hag’. She has been pictured with Ruth Davidson in campaign photos. 
Euan Blockley – elected in Linn ward in Glasgow – is a former UKIP candidate who left the party after claiming its selection process for the 2016 Holyrood election was a stitch-up after he was not placed top of the regional list. 
Trevor Douglas - elected for Airdrie Central in North Lanarkshire - stated on his Facebook that Nigel Farage is ‘the man’, shared numerous UKIP posts and stated ‘Serbia can go back to selling white kids to slave traders’ 
Alastair Redman - elected in Kintyre and Islands in Argyll & Bute - was the Tory Westminster candidate in 2015 who circulated posts from Britain First in 2014
Stephen Goldsack – elected in North Lanarkshire – was expelled from the Scottish Tories after it emerged he was a former BNP member and activist, including as the BNP’s ‘Scottish security adviser’.

Bobby Good – elected in Argyll and Bute – faced questions over an apparent ‘Nazi’ tattoo on his arm

With exception of Robert Davies and Stephen Goldsack, who have left the Conservatives – all are still sitting as Tory representatives.

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