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Plaid Cymru Councillor suspended from party over gun-pose Facebook post

23 Aug 2022 3 minute read
Caerphilly Council leader Sean Morgan (L) and Jon Scriven

Rhiannon James, local democracy reporter

A Plaid Cymru councillor has been suspended from the party after he made “xenophobic” comments on social media.

In a post to his personal Facebook page, Caerphilly County Borough councillor Jon Scriven appears to be holding a rifle on a beach.

Alongside the photo he wrote: “Ogmore-by-Sea tonight for a quick swim and make sure there wasn’t any English people trying to cross the channel.”

Plaid Cymru has said an investigation has been launched into the post, which received criticism from politicians across Wales.

A Plaid Cymru spokesperson said: “Councillor Scriven’s now deleted post was inappropriate and goes against Plaid Cymru’s views and values.

“All Plaid Cymru elected representatives have a duty to uphold the highest standards. Councillor Scriven has been suspended pending an investigation.”


Cllr Scriven has since apologised for the post. In a statement he said: “I would like to apologise for any offence caused by my now deleted Facebook post. It was ill-judged and I have apologised to the group leader Lindsay Whittle who has accepted my apology.”

The boxing coach remains as an elected councillor representing the Penyrheol ward.

Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council Sean Morgan described Cllr Scriven’s Facebook post as “irresponsible” and one that has many connotations.”

The Labour councillor for Nelson said: “I feel, as leader of the council, that clearly this is xenophobic and falls well below the standards expected of a councillor.

“What’s even more concerning is that Lindsay Whittle put a heart next to the post, meaning he likes it. This is clearly a case for the Ombudsman.”

The Ombudsman is an independent body that is able to investigate members conduct.

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies had responded to the post yesterday to say that he was “speechless”.

“This is a Plaid Cymru councillor. [Plaid Cymru leader] Adam Price cannot let another scandal rage on without decisive action. This sort of xenophobic attitude is beneath us.”

The Welsh Liberal Democrats had earlier called on Plaid Cymru to suspend the councillor, with a spokesperson stating that there was “a clear implication of violence and xenophobia in this post”.

“Whether or not it was intended as a joke or not, it is entirely inappropriate for an elected official to make such comments, when they should know better.

“With so much hate in politics the last few years we should be trying to build bridges, not stoke division further.

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One of the two witnesses
One of the two witnesses
1 year ago

Pathetic. Remember ANY of the many xenophobic, insulting, threatening, dehumanising, demeaning things said and done by senior members of the current government none of whom took a second’s censure for their foul actions, then at the overreaction to this.
Weak minded serfs who suspended a man for an edgy joke

Hell Glibson
Hell Glibson
1 year ago

I fully endorse the above sentiments. Good going.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 year ago

Plaid councillor John Scriven has now paid for his error if judgement. But I wonder if Conservative Home Secretary Priti Patel will face similar consequences for her people trafficking of fleeing migrants to Rwanda to face an uncertain future. Don’t forget, this is a country noted for mass genocide and recent human rights abuses. Or perhaps would-be PM and current Foreign Secretary Liz Truss who solicited British mercenaries to fight in Ukraine, whose actions have likely along with Russian troops been responsible for war crimes and the deaths of thousands of innocient civilians. To me it seems the bigger the… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Y Cymro
Hell Glibson
Hell Glibson
1 year ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

There is no racism in the Rwanda plan. Look into the small print in the actual document: Britain will be receiving more people from Rwanda than it is sending out there. We would be trading vulnerable individuals for the able bodied. Good news for the Nation-Of-sanctuary, no? Let’s see a thumbs-up!!!!!!!!!!

The original mark
The original mark
1 year ago

Doesn’t take much to render RT speechless these day’s. I’m sure the right wing client media will be all over this for the next week or so, while ignoring the blatant xenophobia aimed at Wales from the english government.

1 year ago

HE’S welcome to come Hereford cathedral where its legal to shoot a Welsh man with a bow and arrow.

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