calls for prospective MP's suspension after he swore at pupil
Scottish National Party has this week called on the Conservatives
to suspend Tory candidate for Wells, James Heappey, after he told
a schoolgirl to "f*** off" when she said she backs Scottish
Heappey is seeking re-election in Wells and told Burnham-On-Sea.com
that he made the remark as a "joking quip" during a visit
to Millfield School and has since apologised.
Conservative candidate asked the sixth-form pupils for their opinion
on independence. When one Scottish student told him she supports
independence, he says he quipped in a light-hearted manner "Well
you can f*** off then."
Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com here
that he did not say "f*** off back to Scotland", as has
been widely reported in newspapers.
student later complained to her father and the school sent a letter
of apology to the family.
Heappey said in a statement: "I made a comment - intended only
as a joke - but it was inappropriate and I am deeply sorry for any
offence caused. I wrote to the pupil soon after the school brought
her concerns to my attention and apologised unreservedly."
the SNP has this week said that it wants him to be suspended from
standing in the General Election.
Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, said on Sky News: "I
think it's appalling behaviour for any adult to show to any young
person, but particularly somebody who has been an MP and is standing
for election again."
think the Tories really have some big questions to answer about
the conduct of the some of their candidates and elected representatives."
candidate for Glasgow North West Carol Monaghan, added: "For
a candidate to make this kind of remark, especially to a schoolgirl,
is absolutely disgraceful and the Tories should suspend Mr Heappey
as a candidate. Mr
Heappey's protests about it being a joke just don't cut it. This
sort of offensive and abusive language has no place in our politics."