SNP council candidate Lyall Duff resigns after midwives row
AN SNP candidate suspended by the party for allegedly posting comments online describing two Catholic midwives as “money grabbing old witches” has tendered his resignation.
North Lanarkshire Council candidate Lyall Duff, who is standing in the Murdostoun ward, has been accused of distributing foul-mouthed and offensive comments on the internet.
An SNP spokesman said Mr Duff had tendered his resignation this afternoon, ending the party’s disciplinary process.
The party said the comments, allegedly made on social networking site Facebook, were “totally unacceptable”.
The spokesman said: “Lyall Duff has informed the party that he has resigned his membership of the SNP, which therefore ends the party’s disciplinary process.
“While it remains the case that Mr Duff’s name cannot legally be removed from the ballot paper, he is not an SNP candidate and we do not support his candidacy in any way.
“We are asking voters in Murdostoun to re-elect the sole SNP candidate John Taggart on May 3.”
The comments attributed to Mr Duff included an attack on two midwives of Catholic faith, Mary Doogan, 57, and Concepta Wood, 51, who lost a legal bid against NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde over their refusal to delegate, supervise and support staff taking part in abortions or provide care to patients during the process.
The comments stated: “The news reckon this case will affect the NHS UK wide, too f***n right it should, sack the money grabbing old witches and make them pay back every penny they earned in disgust doing their career choice.”
There was also an attack on RBS and its former chief executive Fred Goodwin.
The comments stated: “Burn them, we dont (sic) need nor want these greedy bastards fueled (sic) by Blair and Brown now Scotlands (sic) shame.”
Mr Duff is also accused of making remarks against French people, with the comments stating: “Will somebody please introduce soap and shampoo to France ‘cos they do pong a bit.”