The cost of that white y-fronts image: Stewart Hosie steps down as Deputy SNP Leader- but not until Autumn conference

[Updated below] SNP Deputy Leader, the unexpectedly frisky Stewart Hosie – who thanks to his mistress’s public indiscretions will forever be surreally envisaged in white y-fronts – has announced that he will not seek re-election as Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party at the 2016 annual autumn conference.

In a letter to SNP Leader, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Hosie says that he wants to step back from the role to concentrate on his constituency, his family and his health.

Ms Sturgeon paid tribute to Mr Hosie’s work as Depute Leader and in particular to his work on the 2015 and 2016 election manifestos.

The issue now is whether the demoted Lothario MP will continue to hold the same Mujahideen attraction for his erratic paramour.

In his letter to the First Minister, Mr Hosie said: ‘I am writing to you firstly to apologise for any hurt and upset I have caused to friends, family and colleagues. That was never my intention.

‘I am also writing to tell you of my intention not to seek re-election as Depute Leader of the SNP at this year’s annual conference, giving ample time for the Party to choose a successor.

‘As you know I have been admitted to hospital on three occasions in the past few years with very high blood pressure. In that regard, the stress of the intense scrutiny of my private life has been very difficult.

‘I intend to concentrate on my constituents, my responsibilities at Westminster, and most importantly, my health.

‘It has been a pleasure to serve under your leadership and I hope to do so for many years to come.

‘I wish you, your Government and our Party every success.’

Nicola Sturgeon responded by writing: ‘Thank you for your letter of earlier today advising me of your intention not to seek re-election as Depute Leader of the Party.

Your decision to make this known now will allow an election for your successor to be conducted in advance of the Autumn conference.

‘I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your service as Depute Leader since November 2014.

‘During your tenure in office, amongst your many other duties, you have authored two successful election manifestos – providing the policy platform for our victories in both the 2015 General Election and the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

‘These are achievements you should be very proud of.

‘As you step down as Depute Leader, I know you will continue to make a valuable contribution to the Party in many ways and, in particular, through your work in your constituency and as part of the Westminster group.

‘I have enjoyed working with you as Depute Leader – and I look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.’

‘I wish you well.’

As Omar Khayyam observed: ‘The moving finger writes; and having writ, moves on’.

Update: The texts of the letters between Stewart Hosie and the First Minsiter given above are those released by the SNP’s media team earlier today; and have been carried also by the BBC.

It was notable first that the batting order of Mr Hosie’s apologies to those he has ‘hurt and upset’ was ‘ to friends, family and colleagues’.

It was secondly noteworthy that later in his letter, the batting order of his focus after he has stepped down as SNP Deputy Leader did  not even include his family: ‘I intend to concentrate on my constituents, my responsibilities at Westminster, and most importantly, my health.’

Some spinning has clearly been going on to recover this unintentionally honest account of Mr Hosie’s world as he sees it.

Sky News late press review has been carrying an alternative text of Mr Hosie’s letter which it has been given, which sticks to the formula of three points – and interestingly replaces his ‘responsibilities at Westminster’ with ‘my family’.

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  • Fell into a unionist Honey trap! Silly man but look closer at the facts. Unionist party’s have some Honeys in their ranks. Too many to mention. Dirty Tory’s ,but not in a good way. P!ssed in more sinks than they washed in!
    Never get Salmond and Sturgeon. Squeaky clean. No p!ssing in sinks!

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    Nae Fear Here May 22, 2016 4:27 pm Reply
    • Fell into the ‘bored man working a long way from home’ trap more like. Having feet of clay isn’t a crime but being hypocritical about it certainly creates ample opportunity to look stupid.

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      db May 22, 2016 9:09 pm Reply
  • You have a way with words HJ… whiter than white the SNP eh. ? quite amazing what a bit of daz can do, for a while… but use enough for long enough and that tartan will run true blue.

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    • Only thing running blue will be Tory lags from the jailers.disgusting people.
      Full of dandruff,mostly of the mobile sort.

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      Nae Fear Here May 22, 2016 8:09 pm Reply
    • I suppose we have to accept that the SNP do have experts in separation, it’s just the moral high ground that’s slipped away down the hill.

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      Richard May 22, 2016 9:02 pm Reply
      • No yesser will ever vote Union.

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        Nae Fear Here May 22, 2016 10:32 pm Reply
        • HJ, do give us your latest predictions and tell us how much popcorn you are going to eat.

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    • Ha ha love it Karl – I’m sure the use of Daz will make those white Y fronts so blindingly whiter than white Hosie couldn’t see who he was dropping his kecks for.

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      Sian Laidlaw May 23, 2016 8:19 am Reply
  • I see the Megrhahi Lockerbie story has a wat to go. Based on a foreign office memo it woz the Syrians that did it. Isn’t that what Dr Swire has been arguing for over 20 odd years. If the FO memo true the high moral stance of Thatcher, Major, Blair, Brown and Cameron has slipped into the swill

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    No Cheese Here May 22, 2016 9:09 pm Reply
    • And your point, NCH? – what relevance to a story of the relatively commonplace cross-party scenario of a well known politician ‘playing away from home,’ and whose behaviour the press absolutely delights in contrasting with the rather more pious stance of their party?

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      Robert Wakeham May 22, 2016 9:48 pm Reply
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        With all this time to fill some get a radio spot and some a newspaper column or both.

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        Richard May 22, 2016 10:21 pm Reply
        • Dolphin Square? Tory’s ?

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          Nae Fear Here May 22, 2016 11:02 pm Reply
        • Looking as if the SNP reporting the Conservatives to the police over electoral expenses might backfire on them. Sturgeon flew around Scotland in her helicopter supporting local candidates but it seems they did not declare a proportion of the cost of the helicopter on their expenses as required.

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          Lundavra May 23, 2016 7:32 pm Reply
          • Did said chopper stay in a hotel,Cobblers!

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            Nae Fear Here May 23, 2016 8:30 pm
          • Yumyum.

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            Robert Wakeham May 23, 2016 9:35 pm
      • Ukokistic behaviour.In one word,Bent

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        Nae Fear Here May 22, 2016 10:30 pm Reply
    • Nae Cheesy Bits Here – typical SNP response – divert, deflect, deny. The SNP are no better than other politicians after all eh! Whiter than white? As Jim Royle would say: My Arse!

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      Sian Laidlaw May 23, 2016 10:02 am Reply
      • sian— your arse? is this a tory thing –are you a friend of dick?

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        No Cheese Here May 23, 2016 7:24 pm Reply
  • Usual cobblers from Tory Spivs.

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    Nae Fear Here May 22, 2016 10:28 pm Reply
  • NFE, I love your comments. Its one of the reasons I didn’t vote SNP. Mindless, unquestioning drivel. If anyone in here gave a proper, reasoned, mature, intelligent viewpoint on SNP I’d probably listen, but there is never any of that, from anyone. Just blind faith in everything that spouts from the party central. It really is more like a cult than a serious party. When the wheels come off, as they surely will, Scotland had better be ready for the mess it’ll be in.

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    Jerry McIver May 23, 2016 7:38 am Reply
  • The wheels are now coming off ,big time, for the SNP and any Indyref(2).
    (1) SNP lose over-all majority @ Holyrood
    (2) Now a clear downward trend in YES for independence, down to closer to 40 %. The wrong direction from the 60 % the SNP aspire to trigger any Indyref(2)
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    Y-fronts :Cartoonist Steve Bell had a field day with John Major’s Y-fronts . Maybe Hosie can give him some new material?

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    Scotnat May 23, 2016 9:57 am Reply
    • Unfounded,Ill thought out,mendacious cobblers!

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      Nae Fear Here May 23, 2016 2:47 pm Reply
    • pretend scot–1000000 SNP will vote YES so will the majority of Greens and dare I say increasing number of labour,

      poor pretend scot –tries his best -doooom and gloom -managed by the tory fear.

      You have nothing to offer pretend Scot.

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      No Cheese Here May 23, 2016 7:15 pm Reply
      • NCH

        Until the SNP commit to Indyref(2) you are the one living in a “pretend” world.

        Manifestly Nicola S, and the SNP, don’t share your optimism.

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        Scotnat May 23, 2016 9:06 pm Reply
      • NHC…take your white “Y” fronts of your head and embrace a factual world… the SNP know and acknowledge the game is done, they will as a party never convince the majority of Scots to vote OUT… the indy bubble/balloon has deflated. There priority now is to prove that as a pary they can govern with the massive devolved powers they have.

        It is time for you to join “Rise”… PS: you can all sit in a nice circle and continue wearing, of course… your pants on your head.

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  • History is against the SNP the Tory,s under Thatcher ended up in scandals. Labour under Blair / Brown same problems plus just general incompetence same thing. Now the SNP have proved they are just the same .

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    Plugit May 23, 2016 1:25 pm Reply
  • http://www.scotsman.com/news/sturgeon-no-need-for-stewart-hosie-to-quit-as-westminster-deputy-1-4135854

    Obviously she has swapped his white “Y” fronts for some home spun hessian blue tartan… continual scratching of his nether regions expected.

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    • LOL – would that be home spun hessian blue TORY tartan??

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      • Bitter Scots loathing. Morris dancing national pastime ?

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