Scotland politics

Councillor Craig Melville reported over claims of 'anti-Islamic' texts

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An SNP councillor who allegedly sent anti-Islamic texts to a Muslim colleague has been reported to the Standards Commission.

Dundee City councillor Craig Melville is said to have sent a number of messages to an unnamed woman a day after the Paris terror attacks.

Council leader Ken Guild said he had referred Mr Melville to the commission.

Mr Melville had already been suspended from his role as an aide to SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie.

Mr Guild confirmed he had reported the matter to the Standards Commission at a meeting of the council's development management committee on Monday evening.

Dundee City Council said the referral followed media reports of "alleged inappropriate, abusive and bigoted texts sent by Councillor Melville".

Mr Guild said: "If true these allegations are extremely shocking, and are not the sort of behaviour acceptable for a member of Dundee City Council.

"I have written to the Standards Commission requesting that they carry out a full investigation."

In one message, Mr Melville is reported to have referred to the SNP's international development minister, Humza Yousaf, who visited the Greek island of Lesbos in October to see the plight of Syrian refugees.

A spokeswoman for the SNP said on Saturday that the party condemned Islamophobia "in the strongest possible terms".

Mr Melville is said to have confirmed that he will co-operate with any investigation.

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