An ex-Scottish Labour MP who lost his seat in last week’s general election has spoken of his relief that he can now tell his constituents to f*** off, The Scotsman has reported.
Brian Donohoe had held his Central Ayrshire seat for 23 years before being unceremoniously ejected last Thursday in favour of the SNP’s Phillipa Whitford, who romped home with a 13,000 majority. Speaking to the Irvine Times he said that he was “disappointed” by the result.
But the 66 year old revealed that there was an upside too: “I’m of an age where I can now turn round with the greatest delight and tell people to ‘f*** off’ which I haven’t been able to do for a hell of a long time in both my trade union life and also in this one,” he said.
“You have to take all sorts coming through the door and be kind, considerate and generous with your time and sometimes you wonder why.
“But at the end of it you’re there and I’ve always made the pledge as an MP that I wasn’t just there to represent the people who voted for me, I was there to help.”
He said that he had a fantastic team and was sorry to see it broken up, warning his ex-constituents “the people will have to live with what they’ve done.
“That’s the nature of the beast as far as politics is concerned, it’s a rough game and not many people outside it realise just how rough it is.
“We live to fight another day, not me, but others will come in and I’m sure they’ll carry our baton for us.”
He said he was now looking forward to spending more time with his family, including his grandchildren, and on hobbies: “I’ll have plenty of time, I’ve got a garden that’s needing dealt with, I’ve got helicopters that need flown and all sorts of other things I can get myself into.”