East Ren Tory leader suspended over ISIS taunts to First Minister

Councillor Gordon McCaskill
Councillor Gordon McCaskill

The Tory leader of the Conservative group in East Renfrewshire has been suspended following a tweet in poor taste which suggested Islamic State spies should move in with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Councillor Gordon McCaskill has since removed the offending article from his Twitter account, which he had posted following comments made by the First Minister that she would be “happy” to allow a refugee from Syria to stay in her home.

The former police officer, who describes himself on his Twitter biography as a “man of the people, councillor, historian, bon vivant, raconteur and wit” tweeted: “Scenes we’d like to see: the refugees Nicola invites into her house are Daesh moles.”

Mr McCaskill was unavailable for comment, however a spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: “Mr McCaskill has been suspended as a member of the party with immediate effect subject to an investigation.” Miss Sturgeon’s office was similarly unavailable.

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