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Gun-toting politician who posed with a rifle on a Welsh beach saying he was ensuring there have been no ‘English people making an attempt to cross the channel’ apologises for the ‘ill-judged’ Facebook put up
- Plaid Cymru councillor Jon Scriven posted a image on Facebook on August 8
- Said he was ‘ensuring there wasn’t English people making an attempt to cross the channel’
- Mr Scriven was pictured posing whereas holding a rifle at Ogmore-by-Sea
- He confronted strain to be suspended after the put up was dubbed as ‘xenophobic’
A gun-toting politician who posed with a rifle on a Welsh beach who stated he was ensuring there have been ‘no English people making an attempt to cross the channel’ has apologised for the ‘ill-judged’ Facebook put up.
Plaid Cymru councillor Jon Scriven confronted mounting strain to be suspended after the put up was dubbed ‘xenophobic’ in the direction of the English.
The Facebook standing learn: ‘Ogmore-by-Sea tonight for a fast swim and ensure there wasn’t any English people making an attempt to cross the channel.’
The message was posted to Facebook on August 8 and was then extensively shared two weeks later on August 22. It was later deleted.
Mr Scriven has now apologised for the put up, writing on Facebook: ‘I would really like to apologise for any offence attributable to my now deleted Facebook put up.
Councillor Jon Scriven (above) was pictured with a rifle at Ogmore-by-Sea. There is rising strain for Plaid Cymru to droop him after his remarks had been deemed to be ‘xenophobic’
Mr Scriven apologised on Facebook and stated 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 is a Plaid Cymru councillor. This form of xenophobic perspective is beneath us.’
He known as on Plaid chief Adam Price not to ‘let one other scandal rage on with out decisive motion’.
The message posted by Mr Scriven (above) was extensively shared on Monday afternoon despite the fact that it was uploaded on Facebook on August 8 and later deleted
Welsh Liberal Democrats chief Jane Dodds MP stated in a assertion: ‘There is a clear implication of violence and xenophobia on this put up.
‘Whether or not it was meant as a joke, it’s fully 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 ought to be making an attempt to construct bridges, not stoke division additional.
‘Plaid Cymru should now do the suitable 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 stated: ‘To these who posted offensive feedback in response to this. Our society is going through large challenges.
‘We ought to be looking for to unite and tackle 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 stated: ‘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 about.
‘All Plaid Cymru elected representatives have a obligation to uphold the best requirements. Councillor Scriven has been suspended pending an investigation.’
Caerphilly County Borough Council has been contacted for remark