Labour MP apologises for calling Humza Yousaf 'Mohammad' on live TV
Labour frontbencher Peter Kyle apologises to Scotland’s first Muslim leader Humza Yousaf after calling the SNP boss ‘Mohammad’ in live TV interview
- Shadow Northern Ireland secretary attacking the SNP when he made the gaffe
- Accused of racism for telling Sky News: ‘Mohammad Yousuf needs to get a grip’
A Labour frontbencher was forced to apologise to Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf today after calling him ‘Mohammad’ in a live television interview.
Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Peter Kyle was attacking the SNP when he made the gaffe about Scotland’s first Muslim leader.
Mr Kyle used a Sky News interview to attack the separatists – currently the subject of a police probe into party finances.
But he faced accusations of racism online after telling the station: ‘Mohammad Yousuf needs to get a grip on his party because right now it is not capable of serving the people of Scotland.’
He did not notice the slip and was not picked up on it by the presenter, and the clip was later broadcast on Twitter by Sky.
Later Mr Kyle told the Mirror: ‘I’m always mortified if I ever get someone’s name wrong and I am now. I’m sorry to Humza and promise it’s a mistake I won’t make twice.’
Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Kyle was attacking the SNP when he made the gaffe about Scotland’s first Muslim leader.
He faced accusations of racism after telling the station: ‘Mohammad Yousuf needs to get a grip on his party because right now it is not capable of serving the people of Scotland.’
Mr Yousaf has faced a torrid start to his time as First Minister, after the police arrested Peter Murrell, the husband of Nicola Sturgeon, and party treasurer Colin Beattie – who resigned this afternoon.
Asked about the scandal, Mr Kyle said: ‘What we do know for a fact is that the SNP is imploding.
‘People in in Scotland are being let down and they’ve been let down twice by a government in Scotland that’s imploding and a government in Westminster that is not delivering.
‘What we’re trying to do is put together a credible alternative – an inspiring hopeful alternative – with credible plans to solve the challenges and public services in [Scotland] which are rife.
‘The economy which is underperforming because of the two failed governments which are there to serve the people of Scotland.
‘Those are the things we will start to set out an alternative to. A criminal investigation that’s currently underway into the SNP needs to follow its course.’
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