Tories axe candidate over his offensive comments on blog
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‘The party has also withdrawn its support for his candidacy in Aberdeen North.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.’