Labour MP Hugh Gaffney apologises for 'deeply offensive' Burns Night remarks
7 February 2018, 15:54
A Labour MP has apologised for making "deeply offensive" racist and homophobic remarks at a Burns Night celebration.
Hugh Gaffney said he would attend equality and diversity training following the revelation he joked about Scottish poet Robert Burns being "bent".
Giving the traditional 'Immortal Memory' at a Scottish Labour students event on Saturday, Mr Gaffney claimed Burns told "lads and lassies he was not bent".
He also laughed about being at home and eating a "chinky".
Mr Gaffney apologised after the comments surfaced, admitting he used "certain language relating to the Chinese and LGBT communities that was wrong and completely inappropriate".
"My remarks were deeply offensive and unacceptable," he added.
The Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill MP, who was elected in June 2017, vowed to "do everything possible" to "make amends" with both communities.
And he promised to attend equality and diversity training "at the earliest opportunity".
A Labour spokesperson said: "The Labour Party is clear that this language is unacceptable."
They confirmed that Mr Gaffney "has been reprimanded".
Mr Gaffney tweeted to celebrate the start of LGBT History Month on 1 February.
"The miners showed solidarity for the LGBT struggle," he said.
Mr Gaffney is the second Labour MP to find themselves in hot water over homophobic remarks in the last six months.
In October, Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O'Mara, was suspended from the party after a series of offensive comments on LGBT people were uncovered online.
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