Hugh should’ve known bet­ter

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News -

Coat­bridge MP Hugh Gaffney has landed him­self in hot water af­ter us­ing un­ac­cept­able lan­guage at a Burns Sup­per ear­lier this month.

As we re­port on page 2, the 54- year- old has apol­o­gised for us­ing “deeply of­fen­sive” slurs to­wards gay peo­ple and the Chi­nese com­mu­nity, while de­liv­er­ing the tra­di­tional Im­mor­tal Mem­ory poem.

Mr Gaffney is to un­der­take equal­ity train­ing af­ter recit­ing a self-penned poem in which he jokes about Robert Burns not be­ing “bent.”

He also re­ferred to a Chi­nese meal as a “c*****”, de­spite hav­ing vis­ited China on an all­ex­penses paid trip just a few months ago.

The Coat­bridge MP is fac­ing calls for his sus­pen­sion from ri­val party mem­bers with SNP MSP Humza Yousaf stat­ing: “We need deeds not words and at the very least, the whip should be with­drawn and Hugh Gaffney sus­pended from the party.”

In his apol­ogy, Mr Gaffney said he will do “ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble” to make amends.

The Ad­ver­tiser took to the streets of Coat­bridge to ask lo­cal res­i­dents what they thought of their MP’s be­hav­iour.

Shaw­head’s Ellen Jamieson said:“He’s in a po­si­tion where he shouldn’t have said things like that in pub­lic. He prob­a­bly didn’t mean any­thing nasty by it but that wasn’t the time or the place to use that lan­guage.”

15-year-old Justin Harvie said:“Peo­ple speak like that be­hind closed doors all the time but an MP should know bet­ter. It’s good he’s apol­o­gised but he should be fac­ing a sus­pen­sion at least.”

Linda Tait, from Coat­bridge, reck­ons: “He def­i­nitely shouldn’t be say­ing that to a room full of peo­ple. It’s dis­gust­ing ac­tu­ally and I don’t like know­ing my MP thought that was ac­cept­able.”

He­len Hide­smith, 53, be­lieves:“He should be fired. I have gay fam­ily mem­bers and find it up­set­ting they have to put up with slurs like this. He can’t ex­pect to get away with it.”

Hugh Gaffe-ney The MP’s ill-judged com­ments have let down his con­stituents

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