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Labour fires Scottish candidate over offensive Tweets

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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-04-09

The Labour Party has sacked one of its parliamentary candidates in Scotland after he described elderly voters as "coffin dodgers" and referred to Conservative leader David Cameron as a "twat" in a series of foul-mouthed comments on Twitter.

AFP - A British politician who branded elderly voters "coffin dodgers" and attacked rivals in foul-mouthed rants on Twitter was banned Friday from standing in next month's election, officials said.
  
Stuart MacLennan, a member of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour Party, had apologised for his "offensive" messages after a newspaper reported he had referred to opposition Conservative leader David Cameron as a "twat".
  
However, the 24-year-old has now been dropped as Labour's parliamentary candidate for Moray, in northeastern Scotland, over "the totally unacceptable language which he has expressed online", a party spokesman said.
  
MacLennan's Twitter feed has been taken down but the Scottish Sun said he branded Nick Clegg, leader of the third Liberal Democrat party, a "bastard" and called a veteran Labour lawmaker an "idiot," preceded by a strong expletive.
  
Opposition parties had demanded he resign or be sacked over the "vile" and "disgraceful" comments. The party initially stood by him, but changed its mind.
  
"On reading the comments in full, the Scottish Labour Party was outraged by their content and Scottish Labour's general secretary took the decision to suspend his membership of the Labour Party," the spokesman said.
  
MacLennan -- who had earlier admitted his tweets were "offensive" -- said: "I am very sorry. I have been stupid and rightly paid a high price."

 

Date created : 2010-04-09

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