SNP suspends race row councillor Julie McAnulty amid probe

Cllr Julie McAnulty has been suspended. Picture: Contributed

Cllr Julie McAnulty has been suspended. Picture: Contributed

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AN SNP councillor has been suspended by the party following the launch of an investigation by party officials into allegations she used racist language in a conversation with another nationalist activist.

The SNP has also suspended the local party branch following clashes linked to the allegations against Julie McAnulty, who represents the Coatbridge North and Glenboig ward on North Lanarkshire Council.

Cllr Julie McAnulty has been placed under administrative suspension while the allegations are looked into

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Ms McAnulty, who is an SNP candidate in Central Scotland for May’s Holyrood elections, is alleged to have said that she wants to “get the Pakis out of the party”, according to documents submitted to SNP officials.

Sheena McCulloch, an SNP member for almost 40 years, complained to the party leadership about the alleged comments made when she and Ms McAnulty were driving home from canvassing votes.

The SNP confirmed that Ms McAnulty had been suspended and said the SNP’s Bellshill branch will not be meeting until after May’s election following clashes between party members.

An SNP spokesman said: “Cllr Julie McAnulty has been placed under administrative suspension while the allegations are looked into. We will be making no further comment until these investigations are concluded.

“Following last month’s bad-tempered meeting, the national executive has ruled that there should be no further branch meetings until after the election in May.

“With 12 weeks until polling, the efforts of all members should be on campaigning for our candidate, Fulton MacGregor.”

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