Ceredigion Senedd Member condemns ‘abhorrent’ views of councillor who blamed immigrants for ambulance pressure
Ceredigion’s Senedd Member has condemned as “totally abhorrent” the views of a councillor who suggested immigrants were to blame for pressure on the ambulance service.
Elin Jones said that Lloyd Edwards “does not speak for the vast, vast majority of Ceredigion people”.
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, 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.”
The Welsh Liberal Demorats’ leader in Wales, Jane Dodds, has condemned the comments and an investigation has been opened.
“These comments absolutely do not reflect my views or the values of our party and I condemn them,” she said.
“An independent internal investigation will now determine any future action.”
In a statement, the Welsh Liberal Democrats said: “Ceredigion should be an open place for anyone who chooses to make their life there, including asylum seekers and refugees.