Alex Salmond urged to apologise over Edinburgh Fringe sex joke

Written by Kevin Schofield on 15 August 2017 in News

The former SNP leader told the bawdy gag at the opening performance of his one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe

Alex Salmond: Picture credit - Lesley Martin/PA Wire/PA Images

Alex Salmond has been urged to apologise after he appeared to joke about having sex with leading female politicians – including Nicola Sturgeon.

The former SNP leader – who lost his seat at the general election in June – told the bawdy gag at the opening performance of his one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

He said: “I promised you today we'd either have Theresa May, or Nicola Sturgeon, or Ruth Davidson, or Melania Trump, but I couldn't make any of these wonderful women come.” Following a drum roll, Salmond added: “To the show.”

Labour MSP Monica Lennon said: “It would be wrong to laugh these comments off as a bit of banter, this is a former First Minister degrading female politicians. Alex Salmond should know that comments like these are simply unacceptable and he should apologise. 

“It would set a horrendous example to young men if he tries to hide behind these sexist comments as risque humour.”

But a spokesman for Salmond told The Herald he would not apologise.

He said: “Don't be absurd. They are green at the gills. Scottish Labour are just miffed they didn't get a mention. They should enter into the spirit of the Fringe. It's the Edinburgh Fringe we are at, not fringe politics with Labour.”

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