Nicola Sturgeon says a lesbian Labour leader uses questions about homophobia as a smokescreen

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 05: Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale (R) and her partner Louise Riddell arrives at St Ninian & Triduana RC Church to vote in the Scottish Parliament elections on May 5, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Today, dubbed "Super Thursday", sees the British public vote in countrywide elections to choose members for the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly, the Northern Ireland Assembly, Local Councils, a new London Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioners. There are around 45 million registered voters in the UK and polling stations open from 7am until 10pm. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

During First Minister’s Questions on Thursday the lesbian politician Kezia Dugdale revealed she is getting legal threats after condemning a “homophobic comment” from a blogger who is believed to be connected to SPN. Stuart Campbell, who pens the blog Wings Over Scotland, earlier this year sent a jibe aimed at the UK government’s newly-out Scottish Secretary David Mundell and his son Oliver Mundell, writing: “Oliver Mundell is the sort of public speaker that makes you wish his dad embraced his homosexuality sooner”. The comments were widely condemned, with Ms Dugdale who said it was homophobic, and now the blogger asks her to compensate him the damage of his reputation. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon insisted she opposes homophobia but declined to disavow the blogger by name, claiming that the Labour leader was using the incident as a “smokescreen”. She added: “It is deeply unfortunate for Kezia Dugdale to get up in here and suggest that I would condone homophobia in any way, shape or form.” After the Labour leader continued to push the issue, Ms Sturgeon claimed: “Kezia Dugdale is creating a smokescreen because her party is in disarray—it is in civil war and it is in meltdown. She is directing this line of questioning at me in order to hide the simple fact that the leader of the Scottish Labour Party is not in control of her own party and cannot stop her councillors going into coalition with Tories up and down the country. She is using her questions as a smokescreen to protect herself against the state of her own party.”

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