Man jailed over street rant at MP

A MAN who hurled abuse at Labour MP Margaret Curran and called her names as she campaigned for her party has been jailed for almost a year.

Loading Comments

David McWhinnie, 49, hurled abusive remarks at the politician while she was canvassing in the East End of Glasgow - the area she represents in Parliament.

Mrs Curran, 55, was abused by McWhinnie in the city's Amulree Street in Shettleston.

Police were flagged down to attend the incident but McWhinnie continued to shout and swear.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court McWhinnie pleaded guilty to behaving in a way that would cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm by shouting, swearing and uttering offensive remarks towards Mrs Curran, on November 23, last year.

He also admitted placing others in a state of fear and alarm by threatening his elderly parents on Culrain Street, also in Shettleston, on December 14, 2013 and days later on December 18, stealing a bicycle from Hill Street in Glasgow city centre.

Sheriff John Beckett QC jailed McWhinnie for a total of 328 days.

Mrs Curran has been an MP for Glasgow East since 2010 and is currently Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland.

Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email
Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

Good luck Nicola Sturgeon and support Glasgow’s homesless caseworkers.




Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Columnist Michelle McManus is Sussed in the City, and loves to chat about anything and everything.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You Couldn't Make This Up

It’s rubbish getting rid of trash, isn’t it?

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.