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MPs subjected to homophobic abuse from activists


  Two Labour MPs have been subjected to homophobic threats by political activists, with one of them receiving a death threat. In non-connected incidents Labour MPs Ben Bradshaw and Angela Eagle have both been on the receiving end of intimidation and abuse of a homophobic nature. Bradshaw, who is the MP for Exeter and openly gay, was sent a racist and homophobic message ...

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Is Tara Hudson’s prison ordeal over?

HMP Bristol, the all-male prison in which Tara Hudson was briefly incarcerated

  Tara Hudson is now incarcerated in women’s prison HMP Eastwood Park, after the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) reversed it’s decision to detain her in a male prison late on the afternoon of Friday 30th October. But don’t break out the party-poppers and champagne just yet. One stark fact stands in the way of celebration: women are just as capable ...

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Priest suspended following harassment claim

St Aidan's Church

  A Catholic priest has been suspended from his post after the church received a complaint that he harassed a former altar boy. Father Frank King, 50, who has been serving as the parish priest at St Aidan’s Church in Wishaw, was reproached by the Bishop of Motherwell after Tony Moore, now 29, alleged he received a number of inappropriate ...

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Catholic Church “must apologise and support” abuse survivors – but is it enough?


  The Catholic Church in Scotland has been advised that it must make an “unmistakeable and unequivocal” apology to survivors of abuse. The recommendation was made by an independent review, commissioned to respond to a number of abuse claims in the aftermath of Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation – including those surrounding a Catholic boarding school in Fort Augustus. O’Brien had ...

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Ex-Childrens panel chair jailed for “gross abuse”

Glasgow High Court

A former chairman of Glasgow Children’s Panel was yesterday jailed for twelve years for abusing boys during a period spanning three decades. Daniel Ross, 62, had previously admitted six charges and pleaded guilty to misusing his position as chair of the children’s panel to groom vulnerable youngsters for sex attacks. At Glasgow High Court, Lord Matthews, sentencing, told Ross that ...

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Priest behind “gay mafia” claims guilty of defamation

St John Ogilvie, in Blantyre

A Roman Catholic priest, who accused a “powerful gay Mafia” of being the driving force behind sexual bullying within the Catholic Church in Scotland, has been found guilty of defamation against fellow clergymen and parishioners. Fr Matthew Despard, of St John Ogilvie in High Blantyre, published a book entitled “Priesthood in Crisis“, in which he made the claims that sexual ...

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Pope accepts O’Brien resignation

Cardinal Keith O'Brien

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the former leader of Scotland’s Catholics, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, from all clerical duties. This decision follows allegations of sexual impropriety made by four priests, who each claimed they had been subjetced to unwanted and inappropriate advances from O’Brien. The Vatican ordered O’Brien to spend some time in “prayer and penance” while a full ...

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SNP member suspended over homophobic tweet

Ruth Davidson

Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson has spoken out after being the victim of homophobic abuse on a popular social media site. Ms. Davidson was tweeted by an SNP member using the name Laird Mark O’Callaghan: “@RuthDavidsonMSP needs a good fuck, not a lesbian battery one, but a real cock one, miserable cunt that she is. Tory fanny muncher.” No stranger ...

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New abuse allegations against TV weatherman

Fred Talbot found fame as an ITV weatherman

Scottish Police are investigating new allegations of abuse involving former teacher and TV weatherman Fred Talbot. The accusations are believed to relate to a number of events over a thirteen year period, from 1968 to 1981. Talbot was found guilty by a Manchester court last month of indecent assault against two former schoolboys at Altrincham Grammar School, where he served ...

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Alan Cumming: “no shame” in being bisexual

Alan Cumming

Scottish actor Alan Cumming has spoken openly about coming to terms with his bisexuality, admitting that he “never had any shame” about his sexual identity. The Aberfeldy-born star of X-Men 2 was speaking to American TV host Larry King when he said he had never felt there was “something wrong” with him, and added that he has always been comfortable ...

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