Ken MacBrayne

A Tory candidate for election to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been suspended by his party after posting on social media that Nicola Sturgeon was a ‘silly cow’ who should be kidnapped, adding: “Why can’t someone stick a cattle prod up her nether region?”

Retired seaman Ken MacBrayne (72), is one of eight candidates battling it out for three seats in the Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a’ Tuath ward. 

The Scottish Conservative Party have distanced themselves from his posts.

A 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.”

On his Facebook page, Ken MacBrayne also shares anti-Muslim posts from the far-right ‘Britain First’ group. 

This, along with his slurs on Nicola Sturgeon, drew condemnation from Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan.

He said: “The Tories have today had to disown a candidate in the Western Isles because, according to a national newspaper, he posted material online suggesting the First Minister should be kidnapped and sexually assaulted. Unfortunately it's now too late to take this man's name off the ballot paper. Politics can involve some pretty robust language at times, but that's not what this is. It's horrific, hateful and directly threatening. Whatever party we are, all of us in politics locally or nationally have to meet a basic threshold of decency in the things we say." have this morning tried to contact Ken MacBrayne, but he was unavailable for comment.