RUTH Davidson has been accused of turning a blind eye to prejudice and extremism after the Scottish Conservatives welcomed back two disgraced councillors suspended over hateful, anonymous tweets.

Robert Davies and Alastair Majury were reprimanded shortly after their election to Stirling Council in May, when dogged Twitter users uncovered controversial social media posts.

Under the name Mulder1981, Majury, of Dunblane, used Twitter to compare independence supporters to Nazis and to attack Catholics.

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He also attacked benefit claimants, criticised a local food bank, ridiculed the First Minister for spending too much time on gay marriage, and boasted about the size of his majority on a niche adult website.

Such was the furore over the councillor’s social media postings that Dunblane Cathedral and the Boys’ Brigade were forced to release a statement to “reassure parents” that Majury, a volunteer with both, had fallen short of their standards.

One tweet, sent by the councillor in October 2015, said: “They are using Nazi as an insult (which it is) rather than as an accurate description which it is for Snats [Scottish Nationalists].”

Another, posted in April 2012, says: “I understand some farmers rely on immigrants as Brits would rather be on Pounds 26k+ benefits than pick potatoes etc.”

“Why is the Catholic Church against birth control? Because they’ll run out of children to molest,” he tweeted in 2012.

In other tweets he referred to Catholics as “tarriers,” a highly offensive term.

In their statement, Paul Christmas, the captain of the 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys’ Brigade, Rev Colin Renwick from Dunblane Cathedral and Gary Caldwell from St Blane’s Church Dunblane said they had asked Majury to step back from his role in the organisation in a bid to reassure parents and young people that “we take these things very seriously and we are committed to maintaining the highest standards from our volunteers”. They added: “We would also like to thank you for your continued support for our BB Company as we resolve this.”

Majury’s party colleague, Davies, who represents the Forth and Endrick ward, had posted a series of racists tweets appearing to compare black people to cannibals.

One of the posts in 2013 was an archive photo of black people waiting next to a plane with the caption: “No, I am not your lunch. I am your flight attendant.”

Another tweet read: “In the interests of security keep your loin cloths with you at all times. Spears go in the overhead locker.”

Yesterday, the Tories said Majury and Davies had done their time and were welcome back into the party.

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.”

Green MSP Mark Ruskell said the decision was “disgraceful”.

Posting on social media, he said: “Disgraceful, imagine a racist and an internet troll now deciding on Stirling Council school bullying and equalities strategies.”

Davidson was accused of hypocrisy by the SNP.

MSP James Dornan said: “Ruth Davidson is a hypocrite – she is keen to call out racism, sexism and other unacceptable behaviour, except when her own colleagues are the guilty ones.

“But this issue goes beyond mere hypocrisy, and exposes the ugly reality of Davidson’s Tories – a party which offers a home to extremist views, turns a blind eye to prejudice and allows those who spout offensive nonsense to hold elected office.

“That is utterly shameful, and the decision to reinstate these councillors makes it perfectly clear that racist and offensive attitudes are welcome in the Scottish Tory party.”

Scottish Labour’s inequalities spokeswoman Monica Lennon said: “It is shocking to see the Tories lift the suspension of these councillors.

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“They have made racist and sectarian remarks that have absolutely no place in our society.

“We have worked hard in Scotland to try to tackle racism and sectarianism and there is still more to do.

“Representing your community in local government is a privilege and an enormous responsibility. The Tories have badly misjudged this.”