Man admits racially abusing SNP MSP Humza Yousaf

A screengrab from the video showing Mr Yousaf selling the Big Issue outside Queen Street Station. Picture: Contributed
A screengrab from the video showing Mr Yousaf selling the Big Issue outside Queen Street Station. Picture: Contributed
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A MAN has admitted subjecting SNP politician Humza Yousaf to vile racial abuse in Glasgow city centre.

Christopher Chisholm pleaded guilty at Glasgow’s Sheriff Court to ‘acting in a racially aggravated manner’ towards the Glasgow Central MSP as he sold the Big Issue for charity outside Queen Street Station last year.

A video of the incident shows Chisholm refusing to buy a copy of the magazine from Mr Yousaf, telling him: “You’re not from my country, mate.”

Mr Yousaf - born in Glasgow to a Kenyan mother and a Pakistani father - can be seen telling Chisholm that he was born in Scotland, before Chisholm embarks on a tirade about Romanian and Bulgarian Big Issue sellers.

He can also be heard at one point telling Mr Yousaf: “Charity helps at home.”

The case has been adjourned until June 16, when Chisholm is due to be sentenced.

“This highlights the abuse that Big Issue vendors, who are looking for a hand up not a hand out, have to endure on a regular basis”

Humza Yousaf

Following the hearing, Mr Yousaf - the Minister for Europe and International Development - said: “I am delighted with the outcome of this case. It shows that racism will not be tolerated in Scotland.

“When Christopher Chisholm made his racial remarks to me I was selling the Big Issue to raise money for the good work they do, I doubt he would have made these comments had he known I was a Government Minister.

“This highlights the abuse that Big Issue vendors, who are looking for a hand up not a hand out, have to endure on a regular basis.”