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SNP Holyrood Candidate Accused Of Racism
An SNP Holyrood candidate accused of racism is refusing to sit beside a Muslim party colleague at council meetings. Julie McAnulty has demanded North Lanarkshire Council chamber is rearranged so she is no longer put next to Dr Imtiaz Majid.
The move comes after a race row between Majid and McAnulty at last month’s meeting of the SNP’s Coatbridge constituency association.
McAnulty staged a walkout with eight others after Majid won the post of association convener.
According to minutes of the meeting, Majid claimed there would have been no protest if he’d been white. He also reportedly accused McAnulty of making a racist comment to him previously – an accusation she denies.
A source said: “Council officials couldn’t believe it when Julie asked to be moved so she was not sitting beside a member of her party. The request was approved by the leader of the SNP group.”
SNP bosses have been forced to cancel tonight’s planned meeting of the constituency association because of the feud.
The party’s national executive took the decision after launching a probe into the row. It means the constituency association have effectively been suspended months before the Holyrood election.
An SNP source said: “It is appalling the party are dragging their heels. With such a serious allegation you’d expect McAnulty to get her whip withdrawn.”
McAnulty is a key ally of Coatbridge MP Phil Boswell, who is facing an inquiry over his register of interests and benefited from a legal tax avoidance scheme after campaigning against them.
Scottish Labour said: “Given the very serious allegations there must be an urgent investigation by the SNP.”
Majid said he could not comment as a party probe was under way. The SNP said: “The meeting is postponed while we examine the conduct of a previous meeting.”