Doris leads Parliament in support of Neil Lennon
Thursday, 12 May 2011

Bob Doris MSPScottish National party MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, has led condemnation from the Scottish Parliament on reports of an attempted assault on Celtic manager Neil Lennon at last night's fixture between Celtic and Hearts at Tynecastle. Mr Doris has this morning confirmed that he is seeking a members' debate at Holyrood to show the strength of feeling amongst MSPs as Mr Doris aims to unite the new parliamentary chamber in tackling sectarianism in both Scottish football and Scottish society.

Speaking at Holyrood this afternoon, Mr Doris said: "Last night's incident was one in a series of completely unacceptable personal attacks on Mr Lennon. It is important that we all show our support for Neil Lennon in these trying times. I can only imagine the pressure that Neil and his family are under and I wanted to show that Scotland's Parliament is behind him.

Ahead of the SPL league deciders this Sunday it is important for all concerned, fans and clubs alike, to keep cool heads.

I am sure the incident at Hearts will be fully and adequately investigated, but I also want to ensure that politicians of all parties commit to working across society in tackling the scourge of sectarianism and anti-Irish racism. We need a long-term, consistent and sustained approach that will last long after these latest headlines have faded.

In seeking a members' debate at Holyrood, I want politicians of all parties to reaffirm their commitment to tackling sectarianism.


The following motion was today lodged at the Scottish Parliament:

S4M-00007 Bob Doris (Scottish National Party):  Fighting Sectarianism and Anti-Irish Racism
That the Parliament expresses its concern at reports of racist and sectarian intimidation and high-profile related incidents in Scottish football; believes that these incidents must be investigated thoroughly; would welcome a partnership approach to tackle racism and sectarianism, and pledges to develop a long-term consistent strategy for tackling sectarian-motivated behaviour that will endure long after the latest set of media headlines have faded from memory, both in football stadiums and across Glasgow and Scottish society.

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