Stirling councillors Alastair Majury and Robert Davies have been reinstated into the Conservative Party after being suspended for making offensive social media posts earlier this year.
Majury, elected councillor for Dunblane and Bridge of Allan back in May was unmasked as the anonymous Twitter troll ‘Mulder19181’, where he used the account to send abusive tweets from a pro-Unionist stance, including comparing the SNP to Nazi’s.
It was also revealed that the then newly elected councillor had made degrading comments about women on a dating site.
While it was reported the 35-year-old was talked out of resigning from his position as councillor, he was suspended from the Conservative party.
However Majury and fellow councillor Davies have had their suspension removed which has caused backlash from fellow politicians.
Disgraceful, imagine a racist and an internet troll now deciding on @StirlingCouncil school bullying and equalities strategies.
— Mark Ruskell MSP (@markruskell) August 21, 2017
Davies, Forth and Endrick councillor, had been suspended after it was reported he was behind a series of racist remarks on social media, including likening Africans to cannibals.
The SNP had called on Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson to take decisive action against the Stirling councillors and a petition reached 2,350 signatures calling for their resignation in May.
A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: “Having served a suspension, both councillors have been readmitted to the party after offering unreserved apologies for any offence caused.
“It has been made abundantly clear that behaviour like this will not be tolerated in future.”
But the decision has come under fire from the Scottish National Party who have called the reinstatement “outrageous”.
Alison Laurie, SNP councillor for Stirling East said: “This is an utterly outrageous move for the Tory Party to make with regards to councillors Majury and Davies – both of whom have demonstrated that they are unfit to serve in office and represent our local communities.
“Far from taking decisive action, Ruth Davidson has sent out a message that this sort of abusive, offensive and xenophobic behaviour online is acceptable in the Tory Party.”
Stirling Council have since updated their website to include the councillors as members for Conservatives.