The Conservatives have suspended their candidate for Aberdeen North over allegedly antisemitic, Islamophobic and homophobic tweets he wrote seven years ago.
Ryan Houghton apologised for the posts, which included questioning evidence of the Holocaust, and claimed they had been taken out of context.
The posts were first highlighted by the National. One said that although there was “no credible evidence to suggest the Holocaust did not happen … I do find some of the events fabricated”.
He was also quoted as saying he did not see how homosexuality was good for the human race, that Islam’s core teachings had the goal of “world domination” and that some Muslims had big families with the aim of creating “Eurabia”.
A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: “The comments contained in these blogs are unacceptable and Mr Houghton has been suspended as a member of the Scottish Conservative party as a result. The party has also withdrawn its support for his candidacy in Aberdeen North. The Scottish Conservatives deplore all forms of Islamophobia, homophobia and antisemitism.”
Houghton said in a statement: “At the age of 20 on an online forum, I took part in a range of political discussions. These included terrorism, LGBT rights and antisemitism.”
He said that in one of the threads he had discussed freedom of speech and comments made by the Holocaust denier David Irving, referencing his view that some evidence had been fabricated. Houghton said he made clear in subsequent posts that he was not defending the views and strongly opposed Holocaust denial. Read more