Cowley Street officials yesterday launched a “comprehensive investigation” into Reading Liberal Democrats over the botched handling of a race row, Political Scrapbook can reveal. The decision to welcome back Cllr Warren Swaine without an apology for offensive comments to a mixed-race Labour MP left black party members exasperated, with one senior councillor threatening to resign. […]

At least one black Liberal Democrat has threatened to resign over a race row, Scrapbook understands. Since they welcomed him back to the fold last week, the party’s group on Reading Borough Council have been doing their best to bury the story of an offensive racial remark by their member Warren Swaine, who suggested MP Chuka Umunna would use his […]

A councillor at the centre of a row over race comments has been quietly reinstated by the Liberal Democrats, despite refusing to apologise. Reading councillor Warren Swaine suggested mixed-race Labour MP Chuka Umunna would claim “Is it because I is black?” as “defense [sic] for being a muppet”. Lifting a five-month suspension from the party, […]

Warren Swaine, the councillor sacked from the ruling executive of Reading City Council after Political Scrapbook highlighted his tweet about black MP Chuka Ummuna, has been officially suspended from the Liberal Democrats. A party spokesperson said: The Liberal Democrats have a zero tolerance policy on racist comments and behaviour. The regional party has suspended Councillor […]

Reading Council’s executive member for the environment has been sacked after an apparently racist tweet about black MP Chuka Umunna was exposed by Political Scrapbook. Liberal Democrat Warren Swaine used Twitter during a recent episode of Question Time to attack the Streatham MP: Swaine refused to defend or explain the remark, other than to claim […]