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Ceredigion Lib Dem councillor who blamed immigrants for ambulance pressure ‘no longer a member of the party’

13 Dec 2021 2 minutes Read
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A Ceredigion Liberal Democrat councillor who suggested immigrants were to blame for pressure on the ambulance service is no longer a member of the party.

Lloyd Edwards, a Liberal Democrat member of the county council, had said immigrants were putting “more and more pressure” on services in the county.

The comments by the Penparcau Councillor were described as “unacceptable and incompatible with our party” by Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds.

“Cllr Lloyd Edwards will no longer sit as a Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor and is no longer a member of the Party. He will sit as an independent with immediate effect,” a spokesperson for the Welsh Liberal Democrats said.

“Racism and xenophobia have no place in our Party and the Cllrs comments are condemned by the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

“We would like to apologise unreservedly on behalf of the Party for the distress and offense caused by Cllr Edwards comments.”

Welsh Liberal Democrats Leader Jane Dodds added: “Cllr Edwards comments were utterly unacceptable and incompatible with our party, its values and the open and tolerant Wales we want to build.”

‘Abhorrent’

Lloyd Edwards, a Liberal Democrat member of Ceredigion council, had said immigrants were putting “more and more pressure” on services in the county.

“I think there are a lot of immigrants coming here, who have come to this county and get the same aid and services as those who that have been born and raised here and then it puts more and more pressure on the ambulance services, and the Welsh government haven’t done enough by bringing immigrants to Wales and to Ceredigion,” Lloyd Edwards, who represents Penparcau, had said.

“Foreign people, I’m talking about now, and they are not paying for the services and they get exactly the same services as the general public. That’s all I have to say.”

Ceredigion Senedd Member Elin Jones, who is also the Llywydd (speaker) of the Welsh Parliament, was among those who condemned the comments.

“These are totally abhorrent views by one LibDem councillor who does not speak for the vast, vast majority of Ceredigion people,” she said.

“We are fighting here to support our paramedics to ensure they have enough resources to help us all, no matter where we are from.”

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Richard
Richard
1 month ago

It was so sad reading the posts of empathy from a couple of fellow travellors ( no pun indended ) and like this councilor – now deleated.

arthur owen
1 month ago

This is a real problem for the Lib Dems,whenever they achieve any prominence,their underbelly of crypto tories exposes itself.

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
1 month ago
Reply to  arthur owen

Crypto Tories!? Provide proof, lots of it, of your statement or retract it?

Richard
Richard
1 month ago
Reply to  Owain Morgan

There is a valid historic background of support for progressive ideas from the Lib Dems to be sure in many areas of urban and metro Wales.

Unfortunately some areas of rural central Wales tend now to attract elements who find the party’s’ lack of structure or local leadership as a new home to attach themselves to.

Phil
Phil
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard

Progressive ideas? … hmm… like promising to abolish tuition fees then backing the Tories raising them to an atmospheric height? It’ll be a long time in the memories of those repaying their fees.

Phil
Phil
1 month ago

Would the reaction be as drastic if he’d said ‘English immigrants’ I wonder?

Finn
Finn
1 month ago
Reply to  Phil

Careful, Phil – CAREFUL!

Richard
Richard
1 month ago
Reply to  Finn

Not Irisb though Finn

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