Neale Hanvey sacked from SNP frontbench after backing campaign to sue fellow MP
By Democrat reporter
SNP MP Neale Hanvey has been sacked from his frontbench role after he backed a campaign to sue a parliamentary colleague.
The Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP lost his role as vaccine spokesman after posting a message on a crowdfunder page raising money to bring a defamation action against Aberdeen North MP Kirsty Blackman and others.
A Twitter user started the crowd-funder following comments after they were suspended from Twitter.
A screenshot posted on social media showed that Mr Hanvey posted “speak clear and stay strong” on the page.
An SNP spokesman said: “Neale Hanvey was given the opportunity to apologise for his actions, which are incompatible with the responsibilities of a frontbench spokesperson, including the requirement for teamwork and collective responsibility.
“He failed to do so and he has been removed from his position.”
Meanwhile, a man has been charged in connection with alleged threats made against SNP politician Joanna Cherry.
The Edinburgh South West MP reported the incident to officers on Monday.
This was the same day Ms Cherry was dropped from her justice role on the SNP’s frontbench team at Westminster, reported in The Democrat last week.
Police Scotland said a 30-year-old man had been charged with a communications offence and a report would be submitted to the procurator fiscal.