Friday , 27 May 2022

Glasgow SNP deputy leader charged with homophobic offence

Billy McAllister
Billy McAllister

The deputy leader of the SNP in Glasgow City Council has been charged with a homophobic assault, and the police have now opened an investigation.

Councillor Billy McAllister, who represents the city’s Canal ward, has also been suspended from the SNP.

The alleged assault happened on August 26 at Maryhill Road during an argument between the councillor and activist Graham Campbell, who is the partner of the former SNP MSP Anne McLaughlin.

McAllister was reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with the incident as well as another 47-year-old man.

A police spokesperson told STV news that “a 47-year-old man was reported to the procurator fiscal for an alleged assault and a 60-year-old man was reported to the procurator fiscal for an alleged homophobic breach of the peace.”

McAllister, who was previously a member of Tommy Sheridan’s Solidarity Party, has been a controversial figure for some time and has previously been found guilty of “behaving in a threatening manner” towards a disabled person.

A Glasgow SNP spokesman said: “Councillor McAllister has been suspended from the SNP group and as a member of the SNP until such times as due legal process has been completed.”

A former SNP activist in Glasgow, who asked not to be named, told KaleidoScot that McAllister “is passionate about his causes” but that on this occasion “he has gone too far. Action should have been taken before now and he’s become an embarrassment. If he’s found guilty of the latest charge the book really should be thrown at him – we cannot tolerate homophobia of any kind, and definitely not from the deputy leader of the SNP group on our city’s council.”

Labour Group Business Manager, Councillor James Adams, said: ”This is the latest in a long line of unacceptable behaviour from Councillor McAllister. Back in March he was convicted of acting in a threatening and abusive manner towards a disabled man and the SNP did nothing.

“Five months later he has been charged with a homophobic breach of the peace. The SNP has been tolerating this sort of behaviour for years. They knew about this incident a number of weeks before the referendum but chose to keep it quiet and have only now taken the action to suspend him. If this had been a Labour Councillor he would have been suspended immediately assuming he hadn’t already resigned.”

About Andrew Page

Andrew Page
Andrew is KaleidoScot's sports editor and photographer. An experienced blogger, Andrew was raised in the Hebrides and currently lives in Renfrewshire. Andrew became an active equality campaigner at the time of the Section 28 debate, and has particular interests in faith issues and promoting LGBTI equality in sport. Andrew was shortlisted for the Icon Award's 2015 Journalist of the Year.

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One comment

  1. We should never rush to judgement of any individual until the legal process has run it's course. However any politician who commits a homophobic crime should be made an example of. We should be able to trust our representatives and breaking the law like this makes that impossible. We are all victims when our trust is broken like this, and severe penalties should be imposed over and above those for a hate crime.

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