Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor blasted for say­ing Syr­ian refugees are not part of com­mu­nity

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Lesley Roberts -

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

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