Tories axe can­di­date over his of­fen­sive com­ments on blog

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

A TORY elec­tion can­di­date has been sus­pended over al­leged anti-Semitic, Is­lam­o­pho­bic and ho­mo­pho­bic com­ments.

Ryan Houghton con­firmed his sus­pen­sion on Mon­day as he apol­o­gised for any hurt caused by com­ments he made seven years ago.

How­ever, he claimed the words had been taken out of con­text.

The Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives said that the com­ments – which were posted on a blog – were ‘un­ac­cept­able’.

Mr Houghton will re­main as a can­di­date for Aberdeen North for the up­com­ing elec­tion but with­out the sup­port and en­dorse­ment of the Con­ser­va­tives.

Writ­ing on Twit­ter, Mr Houghton said that com­ments he made, which have been re­ported in

By Rachel Watson

Deputy Scot­tish Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor

The Na­tional news­pa­per had been taken ‘out of con­text’. He added: ‘At the age of 20, on an on­line fo­rum, I took part in a range of po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sions. These in­cluded ter­ror­ism, LGBT rights and anti-Semitism.’

A Scot­tish Tory spokesman said: ‘The com­ments con­tained in these blogs are un­ac­cept­able and Mr Houghton has been sus­pended as a mem­ber of the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive Party as a re­sult.

‘The party has also with­drawn its sup­port for his can­di­dacy in Aberdeen North.

‘The Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives de­plore all forms of Is­lam­o­pho­bia, ho­mo­pho­bia and anti-Semitism.’

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