Media adviser in ‘Hitler’ video quits

LABOUR MP Tom Harris has stepped down from his role as the party’s social media adviser in Scotland after he created an online video portraying SNP leader Alex Salmond as Hitler.

The Glasgow South MP posted a video entitled Joan’s Downfall, a parody of the 2004 German film Downfall, which chronicles the final days of Adolf Hitler.

The accompanying subtitles portray Mr Salmond as Hitler, and mock recent comments by SNP MSP Joan McAlpine that Labour and the Liberal Democrats are “anti-Scottish”.

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Mr Harris said: “The video I posted has been a well-worn joke used to parody a range of public figures.

“However context is everything and in the context of... my desire to improve the level of political debate on social media and the context of Joan McAlpine’s much more serious statements about all political opponents of the SNP being anti-Scottish, my actions have been an unhelpful distraction for which I apologise.”

A Scottish Labour spokesperson added: “Tom Harris did the decent thing after a lapse of judgment. It is about time that Joan McAlpine does the right thing and apologises for her much more serious error of judgment in saying that anyone who opposes the SNP is anti-Scottish.”