An SNP MSP has been blasted for saying a Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg will “rot in hell” over his comments about an immigration bill.
James Dornan, who represents Glasgow Cathcart at Holyrood, took to social media to call out the Leader of the House of Commons after he posted a video about the controversial Nationality and Borders Bill.
In the video he says: “I’m here at the command centre for Border Force, who keep our country safe.
“In the Borders Bill they will have the powers that they need to ensure that people have a good case to come in legally will be better treated, but those who try and come in illegally will find that their issues are dealt with more swiftly and more fairly.
“It’s going to be a really important method of securing our borders for the future.
“The people who work here, do a fantastic job to keep us safe, and the country has a great debt of gratitude.”
Commenting on the video Rees-Mogg said: “The bands of blighters bringing illegal entrants to Blighty will be broken up by this brilliant borders bill.”
The tweet gathered more than 1,700 likes and over 1,000 retweets , but many people hit out at the Tory MP for bill.
Dornan, whose account is private, was one of the Twitter users who had a pop at Rees-Mogg, who is a practising Catholic.
He wrote: “Hope you remember this the next time you go to confession.
“You and your cronies are already responsible for the deaths of thousands and you’re now happy to see the most desperate people in the world suffer and drown.
“If your god exists you will undoubtedly rot in hell.”
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A couple of Tory MSPs have hit out at Dornan over his comments.
Scottish Conservative chief whip Stephen Kerr said: “I try to avoid commenting on this particular MSP; but this latest comment is beyond the pale – the SNP need to tell us why they think it is appropriate they keep this person in their party.”
Annie Wells, shadow cabinet secretary for health, said: “Stephen is right. James Dornan’s latest outburst is beyond the pale and serious questions need to be asked here.”
Twitter user Alan Murdoch said: “I would suggest that Dornan is well aware that JRM is a practicing RC, as he refers to him going to confession, so no defence of ‘I was simply unaware and apologise unreservedly’ type of thing from him. He knows what he is saying. James should stay off twitter really.”
The SNP has been contacted for comment.
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