Alba Party candidate shares stage with convicted abuser despite vow to defend women's safety

A CANDIDATE for Westminster who prides himself on defending women’s safety has appeared alongside a convicted domestic abuser in a panel show.

Neale Hanvey, of Alex Salmond’s Alba party, shared a stage with John Watt at an event last weekend.

He has been accused of hypocrisy over his stance on women’s rights and safety while with Watt, who battered two ex girlfriends.

Watt, 39 from Thornliebank near Glasgow, is a former naked butler who was convicted of violent attacks against two ex partners in 2018 after subjecting them to years of abuse .

He was ordered to do 300 hours of community service. In the years since, Watt has become a campaigner against the Covid vaccine and is a founder of the Scottish Vaccine Injury Group, as well as podcast host.

John Watt was convicted of assaulting two former partners -Credit:Iain McLellan/Spindrift Photo Agency
John Watt was convicted of assaulting two former partners -Credit:Iain McLellan/Spindrift Photo Agency

Hanvey, the former MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, appeared at an event organised by Watt at the Classic Grand in Glasgow on June 2.

He also appeared on Watt’s podcast in February to discuss his views on the Covid vaccinne.

“Now he has been accused of hypocrisy by appearing alongside a convicted abuser of women.

Scottish Women’s Aid boss Dr Marsha Scott said: “Given the breadth of domestic abuse in Scotland’s families and communities, we expect everyone but especially our public leaders to ensure both that they support organisations and individuals that advocate for improved responses for the women and children affected by domestic abuse and that they refrain from empowering those who choose to be part of the problem.”

A spokesman for the Alba party said Hanvey was unaware of Watt’s violent past when he agreed to appear on his show.