READ THE FULL STORY NOW: Scottish Tories expel mosque row councillor Stephen Goldsack over BNP links

A CONSERVATIVE councillor has been expelled from the party after prior ties to the BNP emerged.

The news comes just days after The National told how Stephen Goldsack has been reported to a watchdog over comments made regarding a planning application for a mosque.

He denied any wrongdoing, telling this newspaper: “There’s no way I‘m a racist, it’s complete nonsense.”

He was also given the full backing of Councillor Meghan Gallacher, who leads the Conservative group on North Lanarkshire Council and called on SNP rivals to withdraw their criticism and issue an apology.

But after photographic evidence of Goldsack’s prior allegiance to the BNP emerged yesterday, a spokesperson for the Tories told us: “Cllr Goldsack’s membership of the Scottish Conservative party has been rescinded, an action we took immediately after learning of this past affiliation.”

Look out for the full story in tomorrow's National