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Transgender former Dundee councillor cleared over ‘offensive and disrespectful’ Twitter post

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A former Dundee councillor has been cleared over an ‘offensive’ Twitter post. Gregor Murray - who was Scotland’s only openly transgender councillor - posted the comments in June 2021 This week a Standards Commission Panel described the comments by former Cllr Murray - who is non-binary and uses the pronouns they/them - as ‘disrespectful and amounted to harassment’.

But following consideration of the former SNP politician's freedom of expression, the hearing ruled that a formal finding of a breach of the code of conduct and imposition of sanction “could not be justified”.

Tricia Stewart, Standards Commission Member and Chair of the Hearing Panel, said: “The Panel found that former Cllr Murray made public and serious accusations about a member of the public, without sufficient justification.“The Panel found that former Cllr Murray could have expressed their views on the member of the public’s beliefs in a more appropriate manner, without resorting to making offensive and disrespectful personal and public attacks that amounted to harassment”.DundeeLive brings you the latest headlines from Dundee and beyond.But did you know you all the ways you can stay informed with us?You can get our top stories sent straight to your inbox with our daily news updates.

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