Scotland politics

Scottish council election: SNP candidate suspended

An SNP council election candidate has been suspended by the party after being accused of making inappropriate comments on the internet.

Lyall Duff apparently described Catholic midwives who refused to carry out abortions as "money grabbing old witches".

Mr Duff, who is standing in North Lanarkshire, was also said to have urged people to "burn" RBS bankers.

An SNP spokesman said Mr Duff had not denied making the comments.

The spokesman said: "Mr Duff has been suspended from membership of the SNP, pending a full investigation into the comments attributed to him, which are wholly unacceptable."

The candidate is standing in North Lanarkshire's Murdostoun ward.

In February, two Roman Catholic midwives lost a legal battle to avoid taking part in abortion procedures because of their "conscientious objections".

Mary Doogan, 57, and Concepta Wood, 51, said being forced to supervise staff taking part in abortions violated their human rights, and challenged NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on the issue.

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