Top Tory slams racism in Welsh and London party: she's now voting Labour

Former Tory candidate, and Cardiff based entrepreneur, Shazia Awan has today written an explosive article for the New Statesman showing that racist behavior and language remains deeply ingrained in the Conservative Party. 

Ms Awan has confirmed she will be supporting Labour in a direct response to the hugely controversial Zac Goldsmith campaign in London, and the way the Tory party has behaved in Wales. 

The revelations came on the same day that the Tories, along with UKIP, refused to sign up to a set of principles designed by Race Equality Matters for the Assembly elections. 

Welsh Labour’s Vaughan Gething said it was incumbent on the Welsh Conservatives to act. 

Mr Gething said: 

“Shazia Awan has been very brave in telling the truth about today's Conservative party. The Tory campaign in London is overt whipping up racial and religious division. It is truly shameful. 

“Welsh Tories also need to account for what they have done to address the issue within their own ranks. The comments from a selection meeting are appalling and simply cannot be defended. It's inconceivable that the leadership of the party weren't aware of the actually offensive comment that one if their own candidates was subjected to. The Tories have lots of questions to answer and they cannot brush this under the carpet.

"Andrew RT Davies needs to tell people what he knew, and when, and what he's done about the conduct of his party. 

"Quite clearly, the nasty party never went away - and I'd urge people who have similar stories to tell to come forward, and follow Shazia Awan's example by voting Labour for a fairer, more tolerant society."

Ms Awan has confirmed she will be supporting Labour in a direct response to the hugely controversial Zac Goldsmith campaign in London, and the way the Tory party has behaved in Wales.

The revelations came on the same day that the Tories, along with UKIP, refused to sign up to a set of principles designed by Race Equality Matters for the Assembly elections.

Welsh Labour’s Vaughan Gething said it was incumbent on the Welsh Conservatives to act.

 


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