Gun-toting politician who posed with a rifle on a Welsh seaside saying he was ensuring there have been no ‘English folks making an attempt to cross the channel’ apologises for the ‘ill-judged’ Fb put up
- Plaid Cymru councillor Jon Scriven posted an image on Fb on August 8
- Stated he was ‘ensuring there wasn’t English folks making an attempt to cross the channel’
- Mr Scriven was pictured posing whereas holding a rifle at Ogmore-by-Sea
- He confronted stress to be suspended after the put up was dubbed as ‘xenophobic’
A gun-toting politician who posed with a rifle on a Welsh seaside who mentioned he was ensuring there have been ‘no English folks making an attempt to cross the channel’ has apologised for the ‘ill-judged’ Fb put up.
Plaid Cymru councillor Jon Scriven confronted mounting stress to be suspended after the put up was dubbed ‘xenophobic’ in the direction of the English.
The Fb standing learn: ‘Ogmore-by-Sea tonight for a fast swim and ensure there wasn’t any English folks making an attempt to cross the channel.’
The message was posted to Fb on August 8 and was then extensively shared two weeks afterward August 22. It was later deleted.
Mr Scriven has now apologised for the put up, writing on Fb: ‘I want to apologise for any offence brought on by my now deleted Fb put up.
Councillor Jon Scriven (above) was pictured with a rifle at Ogmore-by-Sea. There may be rising stress for Plaid Cymru to droop him after his remarks have been deemed to be ‘xenophobic’
Mr Scriven apologised on Fb and mentioned the group chief had accepted it
‘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’, including: ‘This can be a Plaid Cymru councillor. This kind of xenophobic perspective is beneath us.’
He referred to as on Plaid chief Adam Value to not ‘let one other scandal rage on with out decisive motion’.
The message posted by Mr Scriven (above) was extensively shared on Monday afternoon regardless that it was uploaded on Fb on August 8 and later deleted
Welsh Liberal Democrats chief Jane Dodds MP mentioned in a press release: ‘There’s a clear implication of violence and xenophobia on this put up.
‘Whether or not or not it was supposed as a joke, it’s totally inappropriate for an elected official to make such feedback, when they need to know higher.
‘With a lot hate in politics the previous few years we must be making an attempt to construct bridges, not stoke division additional.
‘Plaid Cymru should now do the best 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 going through big challenges.
‘We must be looking for to unite and deal with actual considerations such because the cost-of-living disaster.
‘Wrapping your self in a flag and hating outsiders will not assist a single particular person in want.’
A Plaid Cymru spokesperson mentioned: ‘Councillor Scriven’s now deleted put up was inappropriate and goes in opposition to Plaid Cymru’s views and values.
‘He was proper to apologise for any offence triggered.
‘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