SNP MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, James Dornan, has today slammed Glasgow South West MP, Ian Davidson, for comparing the SNP to neo-fascism during a debate on the Scotland Bill in the House of Commons.
The Cathcart MSP has today written to Ian Davidson expressing his disgust at these remarks and called on the MP to apologise. He has also written to Scottish Labour leader Ian Gray and Deputy Leader Johan Lamont, who represents the same constituency at Holyrood, asking them to condemn Davidson's remarks and what action they intend to take against him.
James Dornan said: "I am utterly appalled by these remarks. Ian Davidson is a senior Labour MP, Chair of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, and should know better.
"In spouting this nonsense he has not only done a great disservice to the people of his constituency, many of whom will have voted for the SNP. Mr Davidson has long had a reputation for being more concerned with his parliamentary role and 'saving the Union' than the plight of his constituents, some of the poorest in Scotland. Maybe it's about time he started to consider them, rather than his own career in what is hopefully the twilight of an ignominious political career.
"This was an important debate, a debate about the largest transfer of financial power to Scotland in history, and Mr Davidson sought to reduce it to the lowest level possible.
"I have written to Ian Davidson asking him to withdraw his remarks and apologise, I have also written to Ian Gray and Johan Lamont asking them to condemn his remarks and take action. It simply cannot be acceptable for Scottish Labour MPs to compare the national party of Scotland, and by association, its voters, to neo-fascists."
Original quote made by Ian Davidson: "I notice the way in which efforts have been made to shout me down. That's what's happened traditionally in Scotland when people challenge the nationalists. Those of us who want to challenge the narrow, neo-fascism of the nationalists..."