Calls for Tory coun­cil­lor to be sacked over ‘big­oted’ and of­fen­sive Face­book posts

The Herald - - POLITICS - ALIS­TAIR GRANT

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.

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