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Aberdeen councillor in gay insult wrangle

John Stewart and Jim Farquharson [Pics: Aberdeen City Council]
Image caption John Stewart (left) said he was the victim of abuse from Jim Farquharson

A councillor has admitted calling the gay leader of Aberdeen City Council a "fascist" and a "fat git" - but denied using a homophobic term.

Conservative Jim Farquharson said he made the comments about John Stewart after a heated council meeting.

Mr Stewart claimed he had been called a "faggot" on Monday and said he was considering his options, including contacting the police.

Mr Farquharson categorically denied using the term.

He told BBC Scotland: "I have never used such a word."

However, he added that he stood by his fascist comment.

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