Leader de­nies racist re­marks

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

The leader of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s Labour Group has been sus­pended from his party but de­nies claims he made racist re­marks.

Coun­cil­lor Davie McLach­lan was sus­pended last week over claims he made racist slurs to­wards MSP Anas Sar­war.

The Hamil­ton North and East mem­ber is fac­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion over al­le­ga­tions he said Scot­land isn’t ready for a“brown, Mus­lim P***”as leader of the party.

The of­fen­sive com­ments were al­legedly made to Sar­war as he ran against Richard Leonard in last year’s lead­er­ship con­test.

But Cllr McLach­lan has said he will “ro­bustly”de­fend him­self against any claims.

In an in­ter­view with our sis­ter pa­per, the Hamil­ton Ad­ver­tiser, he said:“I cat­e­gor­i­cally deny these deeply hurt­ful ac­cu­sa­tions.

“I am stunned and dis­mayed at the claim I would say such things and will de­fend my­self ro­bustly in the party’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion and in any ac­tions that fol­low.

“Early in the cam­paign I pledged my sup­port to Anas but later de­cided to sup­port Mr Leonard. Anas will know this and would un­der­stand­ably be up­set.”

Mr McLach­lan re­signed from Strath­clyde Part­ner­ship for Trans­port (SPT) in 2010 amid an ex­penses scan­dal.

A Labour spokesman said: “Davie McLach­lan has been sus­pended by the Labour Party, pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

De­nial Davie McLach­lan

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