Neale Hanvey sacked from SNP frontbench after backing campaign to sue fellow MP


SNP MP Neale Hanvey has been sacked from his frontbench role after he backed a campaign to sue a parliamentary colleague.

The Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP lost his role as vaccine spokesman after posting a message on a crowdfunder page raising money to bring a defamation action against Aberdeen North MP Kirsty Blackman and others.

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A Twitter user started the crowdfunder following comments after they were suspended from Twitter.

They wrote: “I have no idea why I was suspended other than perhaps misgendering.”

A screenshot posted on social media showed that Mr Hanvey posted “speak clear and stay strong” on the page.

An SNP spokesman said: “Neale Hanvey was given the opportunity to apologise for his actions, which are incompatible with the responsibilities of a frontbench spokesperson, including the requirement for teamwork and collective responsibility.

“He failed to do so and he has been removed from his position.”

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Mr Hanvey was previously suspended from the SNP in December after making anti-Semitic comments online and was put through an internal investigation by the Member Conduct committee.

He apologised for any offence caused in the days following his suspension.


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