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Lib Dem removed as election candidate after violent rant against senior Tories

Galen Milne said Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Michael Gove, Liam Fox and David Davies should be ‘burned at the stake’.

The remarks were aimed at Boris Johnson along with other prominent Tories (Peter Summers/PA)
The remarks were aimed at Boris Johnson along with other prominent Tories (Peter Summers/PA)

By Lewis McKenzie, PA Scotland Political Reporter

A Liberal Democrat has been deselected as a general election candidate for the party after saying senior Tories should be “burned at the stake”.

Galen Milne was removed as the candidate for Banff and Buchan on Monday after he made the comments on social media.

The remarks were directed towards Prime Minister Boris Johnson, frontbenchers Jacob Rees-Mogg and Michael Gove, former International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and ex-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davies.

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Michael Gove and Boris Johnson were among those targeted (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

In a post online, Mr Milne reportedly wrote: “Johnson, Fox, Gove, Davis, Rees-Mogg should be hung, drawn and quartered, with each quarter being sent to the 4 corners of the UK to be burned at the stake”.

He is also said to have described Conservative MPs as “Tory rats” who “rear their ugly heads”.

Mr Milne stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the constituency of Banff and Buchan in the 2017 General Election.

After his deselection, Mr Milne said: “I deeply regret the offensive statements on social media. I want to apologise to anyone that I have offended.”

As Lord President of the Council, I am entitled to the privilege of being beheaded Jacob Rees-Mogg's response

A spokesman for the Scottish Liberal Democrats confirmed Mr Milne would not stand for the party at the next election.

The spokesman said: “Such language is unacceptable and offensive, Galen Milne will not be a Liberal Democrat candidate at the general election.”

Responding on Twitter, Jacob Rees-Mogg appeared to make light of Mr Milne’s comments.

He tweeted: “Typical Lib Dem. Mr Milne should get his facts straight. As Lord President of the Council, I am entitled to the privilege of being beheaded.”

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