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A Western Isles council election candidate has been sacked by his party after allegedly inciting violence against Nicola Sturgeon.


A tirade of abuse written by retired electronics engineer, Kenneth MacBrayne, came back to haunt him.   


Hate-filled messages on social media by the 72-year-old, known locally as Ken, resurfaced after he was selected to fight the Benebula and North Uist ward for the Western Isles Conservatives.


The Tory candidate and member of the Better Together campaign wrote: “Can someone not shove a cattle prod up her nether region? Maybe that will shut her up.”


Another rant said: “It would please me no end if someone stuck a golf ball in Nicola Sturgeons mouth, tape it up and stick a bag over her head.”


He also targeted immigrants and asylum seekers, sharing posts by far-right group Britain First.


Despite being thrown out of the Tory party, he will continue to be listed as a Conservative Party contender as it is too late to remove his name from the ballot list.


A Scottish Conservative spokesman said: “These comments are totally unacceptable, and the party have informed the candidate that he shall be receiving no further support for his campaign.


“The party has also suspended Mr MacBrayne, and he is no longer a member.”


An SNP spokeswoman said the comments are “extremely offensive.”


She added: “Rants of this nature completely inappropriate from someone standing for public office.


“The disturbing, extremist views include what is essentially neo-Nazi propaganda gloating about a coming race war from a self-proclaimed ‘resistance’ group.


“It is staggering that this bile is coming from a Tory candidate, particularly just after Ruth Davidson has been forced to suspend candidates for similarly distasteful anti-Muslim outbursts.”


Originally from Glasgow, MacBrayne moved to Benbecula 17 years ago, and presently lives in Muir of Aird.


Formerly a radio officer in the Merchant Navy, he worked for QinetiQ at the rocket range, maintaining weapon tracking radars until he retired in 2009.


Island council election candidate sacked over poisonous rants

12 April 2017