The Scottish National Party (SNP) has taken a clear stance against homophobia following an SNP member tweeting abuse at the homosexual leader of another Scottish party.
Marc Hughes sent what was described as ‘vile and offensive’ homophobic tweets to Ruth Davidson MSP, the openly lesbian leader of the Scottish Conservatives.
During First Minister Questions Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the SNP, said: ‘Can I take the opportunity to condemn unreservedly the vile homophobic abuse that was being directed at Ruth Davidson on Twitter last night and this morning.’
She confirmed Hughes had been identified as the troll and was suspended from the SNP, ‘pending full disciplinary processes.’
Sturgeon later tweeted: ‘Homophobic abuse of @RuthDavidsonMSP or anyone else is unacceptable. End of. Anyone engaging in it is no friend of my party.’
One of Hughes’ tweets, sent under the username SparkyBhoyHH, read: ‘@RuthDavidsonMSP needs a good fuck, not a lesbian battery one, but a real cock one, miserable cunt that she is. Tory fanny muncher.’
Davidson’s answer to the troll’s posts came promptly: ‘Nice. Classy. Do you kiss your mother with that mouth? Bet she’s really proud of you…‘
She said she will not press charges after Hughes called her to personally apologize for his behavior.
Stonewall Scotland welcomed the SNP’s refusal to accept any form of homophobic bullying and Hughes’ suspension.
Colin Macfarlane, the organisation’s director, said: ‘We welcome the First Minister’s strong condemnation of the homophobic abuse aimed at Ruth Davidson MSP online and the SNP’s decision to suspend the party member pending an investigation.
‘The vile and offensive language aimed at Ms Davidson is unacceptable. Sadly, our research shows this kind of abuse happens every day to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, not only online but in our playgrounds, our workplaces, on our streets and in our wider community.’