Scotland

Labour MSP Frank McAveety in 'attractive girl' remark

  • 15 June 2010
  • From the section Scotland

A Labour MSP has been heard making comments about a woman attending a Scottish Parliament committee meeting he was chairing.

Frank McAveety, convener of the petitions committee, was picked up on microphone referring to a "very attractive girl" in the public benches.

The remarks were made during a conversation with the committee clerk during a break in proceedings.

The former minister later apologised for the incident.

Mr McAveety, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, referred to the woman as the committee meeting briefly halted proceedings between considering petitions on wind farms and Parkinson's disease.

He was heard to say: "There's a very attractive girl in the second row, dark . . . and dusky. We'll maybe put a wee word out for her."

Mr McAveety went on: "She's very attractive looking, nice, very nice, very slim," before adding: "The heat's getting to me."

The MSP also said: "She looks kinda . . . she's got that Filipino look.

"You know . . . the kind you'd see in a Gaugin painting. There's a wee bit of culture."

A Labour spokesman said later: "Mr McAveety is very sorry for any offence caused by his remarks."

A Scottish Parliament spokesman said the matter was one for Mr McAveety to address directly.

In 2004, former Scottish Parliament presiding officer George Reid said sorry to Nicola Sturgeon, the then-opposition SNP's Holyrood leader, after he was heard on microphone to say after first minister's questions: "Nicola was poor this week."

That same year, when Mr McAvetty was tourism minister, he apologised for misleading parliament after turning up late for question time.

He had told MSPs he was detained on ministerial business, but was actually having lunch in the canteen.

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