SNP Frontbench MP Neale Hanvey Sacked

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SNP Frontbench MP Neale Hanvey Sacked
SNP Frontbench MP Neale Hanvey Sacked. image: twitter

SNP Frontbench MP Neale Hanvey Sacked after backing a campaign to sue his Colleague

SNP frontbencher Neale Hanvey, the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP since the 2019 general election, has been sacked after refusing to apologise to Kirsty Blackman, his parliamentary colleague, the Aberdeen North SNP MP, for his behaviour, losing his role as vaccine spokesman at Westminster.

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Mr Hanvey, who was previously suspended from the SNP after using anti-Semitic language on social media, has now come under fire for posting “speak clear and stay strong” on a crowdfunder page for English activist-lawyer Sarah Phillimore, which was raising cash to bring a defamation case against Ms Blackman.

A spokesman for the SNP said, “Neale Hanvey was allowed to apologise for his actions, which are incompatible with the responsibilities of a frontbench spokesperson, including the requirement for teamwork and collective responsibility”.


Hanvey’s sacking comes amid major tensions within the party over trans rights after Joanna Cherry was sacked from the party’s frontbench on Monday during a reshuffle that was press-released as ‘drawing on new talent’, but it has brought the SNP’s row over transgender matters off Twitter and into the light, and risks further entrenching deep divisions within the party.

There are also tensions over when to hold a second independence vote and Holyrood’s upcoming Alex Salmond inquiry.


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Chris King
Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sang and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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