Teacher banned from classroom selected as Tory candidate

A teacher who was struck off after calling Nicola Sturgeon a "drooling hag" online has been selected as a Tory general election candidate. 

The Daily Record reported that Kathleen Leslie, currently a Tory councillor in Fife, will contest the seat held by Labour's shadow Scottish secretary Lesley Laird.

Whilst employed as a teacher in Dunfermline, Leslie posted a series of abusive messages on social media.

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She wrote online: "Wee Jimmie Krankie is a drooling hag. She's a walking horror show. That wee fish wife was there!? at taxpayers' expense no doubt."

Leslie later apologised for her remarks and was elected to Fife Council in 2017.

A complaint about her behaviour online was made to the General Teaching Council for Scotland, the regulatory body for teachers.

The Daily Record reports that Leslie admitted her fitness to teach was impaired, and she quit her job with Fife Council.

The teaching watchdog also banned her from re-applying to the register of teachers for two years.

A Scottish Tory spokesman said: “Kathleen has apologised for the comments she made. She has a great record as a local councillor in Fife and has the party’s full support.”


Image: Facebook/Councillor Kathleen Leslie

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