Labour Candidate Stuart MacLennan Commits Political Suicide on Twitter

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The first casualty of the campaign and the first Twitter-induced political downfall…


Stuart MacLennan, Labour candidate for Moray (age 24), has been removed in short order after his Twitter account was unearthed by the press.

Here are some of his remarks:

“God this fairtrade, organic banana is s**t. Can I have a slave-grown, chemically enhanced, genetically modified one please?”

“Just caused severe disquiet with my use of the word ‘c**t’ in polite company” (he doesn’t use the asterisks)

“Made my connecting train. No first class it would appear. Sitting opposite the ugliest old boot I’ve ever seen too.”

“Lots of chavs at Stirling station.”

Into the bargain, he called the elderly “coffin dodgers” and repeatedly lamented having to drive so far north to Moray.

Oh, the dangers of social media! Earlier today heĀ admitted tweeting “silly” and “offensive” messages and said he was sorry.

His followers included John Prescott, Sarah Brown and Downing Street itself – though the account has, alas, now been suspended.

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