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by Staff Reporter
30 May 2024
Scottish Greens deselect general election candidate over JK Rowling comments

Sophie Molly posted to X last year referring to the author as a “torn-face cow” | Alamy

Scottish Greens deselect general election candidate over JK Rowling comments

The Scottish Greens have deselected the party’s general election candidate for Gordon and Buchan over comments made about JK Rowling.  

Sophie Molly posted to X last year referring to the author as a “torn-face cow”.  

After the comments resurfaced online, the Scottish Green Executive Committee met on Wednesday and took the decision to block Molly from running for the party.  

Green members had already raised concerns about Molly’s online conduct, who in the last few weeks has attempted to engage in spats with Joanna Cherry and Rowling over trans issues.  

Molly has now left the Greens and claims to have joined the SNP.  

In a post to X, the former Green candidate said: “They [the SNP] will afford me the respect and dignity that a proud trans woman like me deserves. I will no longer be voting Scottish Greens.”

Earlier this week, Molly apologised for the language directed at Rowling and posted to X: “Last year I used inappropriate language towards JK Rowling. This was recently picked up. I do retract what I said about her. It was not professional conduct.”

On Wednesday, the former general election candidate admitted having “messed up initially” and described the comments as an “error of judgement”.  

A Scottish Greens spokesperson said: "We can confirm that Sophie Molly will not be standing as a candidate for the Scottish Greens."

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