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The Scottish Conservative party has immediately suspended one of its candidates for May’s Scottish parliament elections after reports that he suggested people queuing for food banks in the UK during the pandemic were overweight.

The Daily Record this morning reported comments made by Craig Ross, the candidate for Glasgow Pollok constituency, last year in his podcast, which he advertises as including “reaction to the Guardian newspaper from the centre-right”.

Referring to interviews with food bank users he had watched on Channel 4 news, Ross said:

I’m not saying that every single person who claims to be really hungry and is reliant on charity is also very overweight, but what I am saying is if Channel 4 News is having a reasonable go at showing the reality of food bank usage, then we know that the people that they film are far from starving. If anything, their biggest risk is not starvation, it’s diabetes.

He also complained about anti-poverty campaigner and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, saying: “Has Marcus Rashford stood for election to anything? Not that I’m aware of.”

A Scottish Conservative party spokesman said: “We have suspended this candidate and an investigation is under way. These unacceptable comments do not reflect the views of the party.”

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