The Welsh Liberal Democrats opposition on Swansea Council are to work with the ruling Labour Group in reiterating support for a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic City following the recent vote to leave the European Union.
Opposition Leader, Chris Holley has joined with the Council Leader, in tabling a motion to the next council meeting. He is concerned that recent incidents of discrimination and hate crimes elsewhere in the country might spread to Swansea.
Commenting on the motion, Councillor Holley said: “As Liberal Democrats we value everybody no matter what their colour or creed. I am appalled at the actions of some small minded people in a few towns and cities in England, who have targeted European citizens and ethnic minorities in the light of last Thursday’s leave vote.
“Swansea has always been a welcoming City and I am proud that we led the way in becoming a City of Sanctuary, underlining our commitment to helping those fleeing violence elsewhere in the world. I do not want that work undone by a few mindless idiots who think that leaving the European Union justifies them targeting others.
“Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our city. I am sure that all Councillors will want to join us in endorsing once more our core values of fairness, equity and tolerance.”
Note: The motion that has been jointly tabled by Councillor Chris Holley and Councillor Rob Stewart reads as follows:
'Following the recent Referendum, this council reiterates that it stands and supports all members of society regardless of their age, race, gender religion or sexual orientation. Swansea remain a City of Sanctuary We are all appalled by reports of discrimination and hate crimes against members of the public, staff and school children. We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our city and country as a Council, we condemn such actions unequivocally. We will not allow such expressions of hate to become acceptable.
We councillors on Swansea City Council will continue to work with other local bodies and programmes to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia. We will stand together with individuals and organisations who work to promote peaceful co-existence of all groups in our communities, and, wherever possible, provide the support and resources needed.
We reassure all people living in the City and County of Swansea that they are valued members of our community