Labour MSP under fire over suggestive remarks

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Labour MSP Frank McAveety has been forced to apologise after being caught making a series of suggestive remarks about a young woman sitting in Holyrood’s public benches.

The Labour MSP for Glasgow Shettleston was chairing a petitions committee when, during a break in proceedings, he was picked up on microphone referring…

Labour MSP Frank McAveety has been forced to apologise after being caught making a series of suggestive remarks about a young woman sitting in Holyrood’s public benches.

The Labour MSP for Glasgow Shettleston was chairing a petitions committee when, during a break in proceedings, he was picked up on microphone referring to a “very attractive girl” in the public benches.

Mr McAveety made reference to the woman’s skin colour and race adding that she was “Dark and dusky” with a “Filipino look”.

McAveety, turning to the committee clerk, said: “She’s very attractive looking, nice, very nice, very slim,” …. “The heat’s getting to me.”

The MSP added: “She looks kinda … she’s got that Filipino look.
“You know … the kind you’d see in a Gaugin painting. There’s a wee bit of culture.”

However the most outrageous remark, and one that will surely lead to serious questions over Mr McAveety’s judgement, was when he appeared to suggest that the young woman might be pursued in some fashion.

McAveety said: “We’ll maybe put a wee word out for her.”

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The remarks by the Labour MSP will cause embarrassment to group leader Iain Gray who only weeks ago was involved in a row with Skills Development Scotland after making what appeared to be false claims about the agency in the Holyrood chamber.

In 2004 Mr McAveety, then tourism minister, was forced to apologise to parliament after making up a story to cover his late arrival for First Ministers Questions.