Scotland politics

Tory councillor suspended over Islamic State moles tweet

Councillor Gordon McCaskill Image copyright Twitter
Image caption Councillor Gordon McCaskill removed the joke tweet from his social media page

A Conservative councillor has been suspended after posting a joke on Twitter about "moles" from Islamic State moving in with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Gordon McCaskill published his comment after Ms Sturgeon offered her house to a Syrian refugee.

The East Renfrewshire councillor has since removed the tweet.

A Tory spokesman confirmed Mr McCaskill had been suspended while an investigation was carried out.

The council's Conservative group leader has posted a number of comments about the conflict in Syria, which has seen millions of people flee their homes.

The one which sparked his suspension read: "Scenes we'd like to see: the refugees Nicola invites into her house are Daesh moles."

On Sunday, Ms Sturgeon told the Murnaghan programme on Sky News that she would be "absolutely happy" to take a refugee from Syria.

The Conservative government at Westminster announced on Monday that Britain would accept 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years.

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