A leaked e-mail from a Welsh Lib Dem party worker revealed Cardiff Central MP Jenny Willott and Jenny Randerson AM were advised by police not to go to an anti-racism rally outside Cardiff's City Hall due to 'security reasons'.
Ms Willott said police had contacted Jenny Randerson's office a few days before the event:
They hadn't had a chance to talk to the organisers about putting things in place and were concerned because of the backlash against the Muslim community. There was a concern not enough security arrangements were in place.But Sergeant Richard Weaver, of South Wales Police's major events planning department, said:
It was general advice we decided to follow. The police are doing a really good job at the moment and we wanted to do whatever they were advising us to do.
There was no advice of this sort given out to anybody and it would not have been our role to advise people not to attend.Both Mrs Randerson and Ms Willott have visited local mosques following the July 7 terrorist attacks in London.
Plaid Cymru Riverside Councillor Mohammed Sarul Islam, who chaired the July 30 protest, has called on the Liberal Democrats to apologise for not attending. The party's deputy leader, Jill Evans MEP, said:
The rally was a very useful way of demonstrating our opposition to the rise in race-related attacks across the country. I was very proud to be able to speak at the event... all parties should have taken part.Original story appeared on www.cardiff-central.blogspot.com + www.icwales.co.uk