Conservative councillor blasted for saying Syrian refugees are not part of community
term new Scots. If I put my little left-wing hat on, I would say it’s a tad presumptuous of us because some of these families will not want to become Scots, they will want nothing more than to return home.
“Many will want to become Scots and, when they tell us they want to become Scots, that is when to welcome them as that.”
When referring to events he had attended, one involving the Islamic community, Wallace said: “Impressive to see how deep into their pockets the Islamic community of north- east Scotland were able to dig.” His remarks have been heavi ly criticised by Aberdeen SNP MSP Maureen Watt.
She said: “This type of bigoted behaviour is unfortunately all too commonplace within the Tory party and it’s especially disappointing to hear of these despicable attitudes towards refugeesre in Aberdeenshire, who playp a huge part in communities.
“The Tories should consider swiftsw and serious action against CouncillorC Wallace.”
Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles said:sa “It’s essential that there are safesa and legal routes for refugees to travel to the UK and they are supportedsu once they get here”.
Scottish Labour’s Pauline McNeillM said: “These people deserved support and friendship, notn high- handed, dismissive and,a frankly, offensive remarks.
“Councillor Wallace should immediately apologise.”
The Scottish Conservatives said: “Our council lors have worked with col leagues to welcome dozens of families from Syria to the north-east since 2015.
“Councillor Wallace has been reminded of the importance of language around this issue.”
OUT OF ORDER Wallace, right, has been slammed for refugeeugee comments