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Councillor quits Scottish Conservatives after Black Lives Matter Facebook row

A Scottish Tory councillor who was suspended over a Facebook post about the Nazis and Black Lives Matter has quit.

The Gist Vile revealed in June that Colin McGavigan had posted an image of a woman appearing to stand at a Black Lives Matter tribute next to a photograph of a man refusing to give a Nazi salute in 1936.

South Lanarkshire councillor McGavigan revealed yesterday that he has now resigned his party membership as it was taking too long to resolve the row.

He said his decision was “a protest at the party.”

His offensive post compared those who refuse to “take the knee” in support of Black Lives Matter to those who refused to salute the Nazis.

His post read: “In years to come, she’ll be acknowledged as one who didn’t bow to the narrative when it was the easy thing to do.”

The South Lanarkshire councillor also revealed images of Holy Family members with non-white skin.

His post read: “I do hope Asian and African countries will be challenged on their portrayals of the Holy Family as he was not oriental and he certainly wouldn’t have been black.”

At the time, McGavigan said of his Black Lives Matter statement: “Of course black lives matter, and all lives matter. And everybody has the right to freedom as much as anybody else but now it’s been taken over as this agenda, that they are the most, they are dominating everything at the moment, and everyone’s taking the knee. What does that actually mean?”

On whether he could have made a comparison without the Nazi photo, he said: “I didn’t have a photograph of anything else.”

He said of his Holy Family comment: “It was sarcastic. It was not meant to be taken that I was making a political statement about colour.”

After being told his Facebook posts were public, he said: “I’ll change it now to private.”

The Scottish Tories immediately suspended him.

Speaking to the Record, McGavigan, who has been a party member for decades, said he had quit the party and is now sitting as an Independent.

“I resigned. It went on for five months. It went on so long.”

He added: “It was a protest at the party. My job is to represent the people of Clydesdale South. It does not matter if I am in a party or not. There’s no animosity between me and the party.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Tories said: “Mr McGavigan resigned while an investigation was under way, which meant it couldn’t be concluded.”

It is understood he cannot rejoin because the party investigation did not reach a conclusion.

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