Tory Cllr investigated over ‘abhorrent’ remarks about race

A Conservative Councillor is being investigated for racism, after allegedly saying “all white men should have a Black slave”. The comments surfaced in a clip that circulated online.

Mr Edwards, who is a county councillor for the Haverfordwest Prendergast ward and a former magistrate in Pembrokeshire, has referred himself to the Public Services ombudsman.

He also serves as a school governor in Wales.

While the Conservative group on Pembrokeshire County Council has confirmed it is investigating the allegations, Mr Edwards has not been suspended.

The recording, which is 16 seconds long, sees a man saying: “Nothing wrong with the skin colour at all…

“I think all white men should have a Black man as a slave or Black woman as a slave, you know.

“There’s nothing wrong with skin colour, it’s just that they’re lower class than us white people.”

It is not known when or where the comments were recorded.

In a statement, Mr Edwards said: “I am aware of such serious allegations being made against me.

“This is why I have self-referred to the Public Services Ombudsman for an independent evaluation.

“It is now in the hands of legal experts and the ombudsman.”

He added: “It would be unfair on the process for me to comment.”

Andrew RT Davies, the Conservative leader in the Senedd, called the comments “disgraceful, abhorrent” views that were “not shared by the Welsh Conservatives”.

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A Pembrokeshire council spokesperson said: “We are aware of an allegation being made and have referred the matter to the ombudsman.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Di Clements, the leader of the council’s Conservative group, said the councillor left the party group on the council on Tuesday.

She said she would not comment further until after the ombudsman’s report is published.

A spokesperson for the council’s Labour group said: “The views contained within this recording are disgusting.

“Racism has absolutely no place in our society, let alone in the views expressed by an elected member on Pembrokeshire County Council.”

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