MP apologises for YouTube video

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SOUTHSIDE MP Tom Harris has resigned from his position on a Labour Party review committee after he posted a send-up video likening Alex Salmond to Hitler.

Mr Harris, who represents the Glasgow South constituency, was the head of a review of how the party uses social media.

However, the MP resigned his position after it was discovered that he posted the three-minute video on YouTube.

The sequence is from a movie called Downfall which has been used in spoof videos in the past.

Mr Harris then linked it to almost 12,000 followers on his Twitter account.

The MP said: “Having spoken to Johann Lamont, I have decided to step down from leading the party’s social media review.

“The video I posted has been a well-worn joke used to parody a range of public figures.

“However, context is everything and in the context of Johann’s and my desire to improve the level of political debate on social media and the context of Joan McAlpine’s much more serious statements about all political opponents of the SNP being anti-Scottish, my actions have been an unhelpful distraction for which I apologise”.

A spokesperson for Scottish Labour conceded that Mr Harris had made “a lapse of judgement”.