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Salmond compared to Hitler by MP
Alex Salmond
Ms Moffat compared Alex Salmond to a "lesser degree" Hitler
A Scottish MP has caused a row at Westminster after comparing First Minister Alex Salmond to Adolf Hitler.

Ann Moffat, Labour MP for East Lothian, made the comment during a debate on the Scottish election fiasco.

She said "proportional representation gave Germany Adolf Hitler and in Scotland to a lesser degree we've had the member for Banff and Buchan".

The SNP's group leader in the Commons, Angus Robertson, has demanded an apology for the comment.

Mr Robertson said: "It was ignorant, it was ill-judged, it was plain wrong, and it was very dangerous."

He added: "Democrats should never criticise other democratic politicians or even compare them in the same sentence (with Hitler) in the way that she did."

Voting system

Other MPs were heard saying her remarks were outrageous.

Anne Moffatt said she did not think an apology was necessary.

She said: "What I was referring to was the voting system, the proportional representation and electoral voting system, not about individuals. I was just giving examples."

Mr Salmond, who is the Scottish National Party MP for Banff and Buchan, became MSP for Gordon at the recent Holyrood elections.

The parliamentary election was marred by 140,000 spoilt ballot papers.

It is believed that many papers were rejected after people became confused over the local authority elections being held on the same day under a separate voting system.


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Ann Moffat making the comment during a debate



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