Labour party claims to have punished the homophobic MP confidentially

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Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary has refused to discuss what action was taken against an MP who allegedly made homophobic and racist remarks. Hugh Gaffney, the Member of Parliament for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, was rebuked by officials over remarks he allegedly made to a Labour Students Burns Night gathering. The party said the MP would face disciplinary action over the comments but added that the way he would be punished is not necessary and it is not a public issue. Lesley Laird, the party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, was quizzed by the BBC about the action taken against Scottish Labour MP Hugh Gaffney. Pressed further during the interview with BBC’s Good Morning Scotland, she said: “As I confirmed last week, the matter is closed, and I think most people would recognise that from a disciplinary point of view, these matters are considered confidential. The matter of the event is known. It has been dealt with, and is now closed.”

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