Labour City Councillors in Gloucester have expressed outrage at comments made by Gloucester’s MP in his recent newsletter.
Richard Graham MP has made reference to the loss of recycling by the City Council implying that part of the problem is caused by immigrants. The MP suggests that immigrants need educating on how to recycle, inferring that they are in some way to blame for gross failures between the Tory City Council and its contractor Amey.
Terry Pullen (L, Moreland), Leader of the Labour Group at the City Council, said “I am appalled at the comments Richard Graham has made and astounded that he is suggesting that people from minority communities in our City are in some way to blame for the loss of recycling and that they need educating on this issue. I hope he has evidence to back up his comments. The fault clearly lies with the council and Amey, its contractor, and Labour councillors will continue to expose them”.
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Gloucester, Fran Boait, said “Richard Graham’s comments on immigrants being in need of education on recycling is the kind of divisive politics the Tories are using across the country at a time when the country needs to be brought together, not pushed apart. Singling out our minority communities is divisive and insulting”.
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