Ex-SDLP councillor blasts MLA Daniel McCrossan over Ross Hussey support message
'You can be sure Daniel never posted anything like this when it was me front page'
An ex-SDLP councillor has blasted one of the party's MLAs over his support for Ulster Unionist Ross Hussey after the Sunday Life's report of the politician sending naked pictures of himself.
The Sunday Life reported about how West Tyrone MLA Hussey met strangers for sex and sent unprompted naked pictures of himself to someone he met online.
The story sparked anger and an outpouring of support for the Policing Board member.
West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan joined with the scores of people to offer his support.
On Facebook he wrote: "The Sunday Life are a disgrace to journalism!
"Appalling, shameful & disgustingly low journalism in today's Sunday Life. Ross Hussey has been targeted & abused by journalists who've attempted to use his private life to increase the sales of their paper.
"Every man or woman has a right to a private life- politician or otherwise. Ross is a good public representative who works tirelessly for our constituents.
"Is this really in the public interest? NO."
He also included a link to newspaper regulator IPSO for people to make a complaint.
However, one former member of the SDLP took issue with the remarks.
Jimmy Carr resigned as a Derry councillor and from the party in 2014 following similar allegations in the Sunday Life that he sent explicit pictures of himself on a council-owned tablet to a reporter.
On Facebook, he said: "Incase anyone missed it, this is a statement from the sdlp... the same party who stitched me up...... they were a laughing stock before and they are an even bigger one now... oh and there is even a link to encourage people to make a complaint about the newspaper.... you can be sure Daniel never posted anything like this when it was me front page..."
The Belfast Telegraph has asked the SDLP for a response.
The posts were later removed from Facebook.