Councillor re-admitted to Conservative Party after being suspended

Councillor Alastair Redman

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Kintyre and the Islands councillor Alastair Redman has been re-admitted to the Conservative Party.

Councillor Redman was one of 25 members suspended from the Tory party last November over claims of Islamophobic and other prejudicial social media posts. At the time, Councillor Redman claimed he was set up.

News he was no longer suspended came a week ago via a phone call and an email from the Scottish Conservative Central Office, he said.

‘I’m delighted that after a long and thorough process I’ve been re-admitted to the party. I never doubted I would. I was an innocent man. I’m not a prejudiced person and never have been.’

Management of the local Conservative Association has also been contacted, he said.

‘I’m happy to be back, continuing to campaign and support the Conservatives and to fight for my area,’ he said, adding he was ‘hugely grateful’ for all the messages of support he received from the public, Conservatives and non-Conservatives.

Councillor Redman said he had also noticed a ‘massive uptake’ of social media followers since the suspension.

In November, Councillor Redman said he had been targeted because he was such an ‘active’ councillor and ‘strong’ Conservative, and claimed the naming and shaming scenario had been ‘engineered’ to distract from Labour’s woes in the run up to the General Election.

The 25 suspensions, involving serving and ex-Conservative councillors, followed a dossier containing names produced by an anonymous Twitter user and handed to the Conservative Party.