MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane Keith Brown MSP has called on Mid-Scotland and Fife Conservative MSP Alexander Stewart and Stirling MP, Stephen Kerr, to publically condemn Stirling Councillor Robert Davies for refusing to apologise for racist tweets he made before being elected as a councillor in 2017.
Shortly after Councillor Davies was elected as a Scottish Conservative Councillor for the Forth and Endrick ward in Stirling Local Authority, it was revealed that he had made a series of racist tweets. He was suspended from the Tory Party along with colleagues Councillor Alastair Majury who had made a number of other offensive tweets.
Following an investigation, the two were allowed back into the Conservative Party following re-assurances from Party leader Ruth Davidson MSP that "As well as a full disciplinary, as well as the sanction of being suspended, as well as a full and unreserved apology, both of the individuals indicated that they had a genuine wish to change their behaviour”
During a full Council meeting at Stirling Council on the 28 September 2017, Mr Davies refused to formally apologise for his actions and as a result is no longer a Conservative Councillor and sits as an independent.
Keith Brown said: “It is shocking that Councillor Robert Davies has refused to publicly apologise for the shameful racist remarks he made on Twitter. His comments have no place in our society and his refusal reinforces the notion that the Tories are still the nasty party in Scotland.”
“Councillor Davies suspension was lifted after Ruth Davidson insisted that he had made “a full and unreserved apology”, it is, therefore, a worrying that when given the chance to publically apologise, he point blank refused.
“I am asking Tory MSP, Alexander Stewart, and MP, Stephen Kerr, to distance themselves from Councillor Davies and condemn his refusal to apologise to the public for his disgraceful racist comments and to question why he was allowed to re-join the Conservatives when he clearly has no regrets about making racist tweets.”