Calls for Tory councillor to be sacked over ‘bigoted’ and offensive Facebook posts
A CONSERVATIVE councillor has come under fire after posting pictures on social media accompanied by “bigoted and racist” comments.
Derek Mccabe, who sits on South Ayrshire Council’s equality and diversity forum, uploaded snaps making fun of overweight people and containing sexually explicit remarks and racist jokes.
One image showed a noticeboard at a local Brownies group. Under a sign saying “Brownies”, Fair Trade posters of black people had been pinned up.
On his Facebook page, Mr Mccabe had written the caption: “Little Mildred was a right little joker.”
Critics called on the Scottish Conservatives to sack Mr Mccabe in the wake of the comments, which date from a few years before he was elected.
SNP MSP Jeane Freeman said: “This kind of bigoted and racist behaviour is all too commonplace within the Scottish Tories – this isn’t the first time this has happened and I’m sure it won’t be the last.” She called on Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson to “show some backbone and suspend this bigot”.
Mr Mccabe, who is also the Tories’ shadow education spokesman in South Ayrshire, deleted his Facebook page when its contents were questioned by The National newspaper.
He represents the Ayr West ward and states he is a self-employed photographer in his register of interests.
A spokesman for the Scottish Tories said: “Councillor Mccabe has apologised and been reminded about his responsibilities as an elected representative.”
Mr Mccabe could not be reached for comment. But he previously said:“it’s not suitable. When you pointed it out it made me realise.”
He admitted some of the images were probably offensive.