The Prime Minister – David Cameron – has responded today to a Commons question about allegedly racial comments made to local councillors in the the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency and in Caerphilly
The Prime Minister was making a statement about the outcome of last week’s European Referendum and answering questions from MPs .
Stephen Doughty the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth had to “bob” [stand up to ask a question] several times over a period of more that two hours before he eventually caught the Speaker’s eye.
When he did so, he told the House:-
“One of my councillors in Butetown was told this weekend ‘Get out of the country’ and a former Tory candidate Shazia Awan in Caerphilly was told ‘I cannot wait to send you and the anti-white garbage that you stand for back to the third-world dumps that you come from’.“
He asked “Will the Prime Minister send out a clear and unequivocal message from this House to those small number of people, but some leaders of other political parties, that if you indulge and stoke fear, you generate hate?”.
The Prime Minister replied “I would add to that, you not only generate hate but you commit a crime, you can be prosecuted and the police shouldn’t hold back”
Ms Awan, a Caerphilly-born Muslim businesswoman and PR consultant had earlier given the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire daytime TV programme a fuller version of the remark made to her in an email – quoting it as saying:- ‘“You are not now, nor will you ever be, Welsh. Being born in Wales has nothing to do with being Welsh. I cannot wait to send you and the anti-white garbage that you stand for back to the third world dumps that you came from.”
Ms Awan, who campaigned for “Stronger In” in Cardiff, told the BBC’ show’s audience she believed the abuse was a direct result of the Brexit vote and that the police had been informed about this and seven other examples.
She claimed in an interview with Victoria Derbyshire, that ‘Leave ‘ leader Boris Johnson and Michael Gove had “taken donations from the BNP” and asserted that Boris Johnson was “not fit to be leader of the Conservative Party”. Victoria Derbyshire said she had no evidence about any such donations.
In another BBC tv interview – this time on the BBC Wales Today programme – publicity expert Ms Awan repeated her allegations and went even further by asserting that the European Referendum had – as she put it – “unleashed a Pandora’s Box of vitriolic rate-hate across Wales”.
Later – at the end of what had evidently been a busy day for Ms Awan – she released a “tweet” on the social medium Twitter asserting that the Penarth AM Andrew R T Davies leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly was “unfit to be leader”