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
A weekly round up of social highlights

A weekly round up of social highlights

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

I have the city’s ‘poshest’ steak and I see The Botanics light up.

Times Out



TV Advert
Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.

Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Sussed in the City

I am hooked on this year’s Celebrity Big Brother

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.