Hugh should’ve known better
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party members with SNP MSP Humza Yousaf stating: “We need deeds not words and at the very least, the whip should be withdrawn and Hugh Gaffney suspended from the party.”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