• STV
  • MySTV

MP says sorry over 'a doing' remark at meeting

Ian Davidson said his use of the words 'a doing' was 'unacceptable' but insisted he had not threatened SNP MP Eilidh Whiteford.

Ian Davidson: Under-fire MP says sorry for remark.

A Westminster select committee chairman has apologised for using the word "doing" towards a woman MP during a meeting.

Ian Davidson said his use of the word was "unacceptable" but insisted he had not threatened SNP MP Eilidh Whiteford.

She has withdrawn from the Scottish Affairs Committee after claiming Mr Davidson had told her she would be "getting a doing" if details of a private discussion were leaked to the media.

Mr Davidson told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme that after a number of MPs on the committee had reprimanded Dr Whiteford for her behaviour, he had said words "along the lines of 'you've been given a doing, now let's move on'."

The member for Glasgow South West stated: "It referred, past tense, to the discussion that had taken place. There was no suggestion that was a threat for the future."

The Labour MP added: "She had been rebuked quite severely for misbehaviour, led off by myself, a number of other people came in and said what she had done was unacceptable, they were very unhappy with it.

"I then stepped in and felt that the discussion had gone far enough, said that 'you've had a doing, let's move on to the next item'.

"I want to make it very clear, I did not at any time threaten or attempt to threaten Dr Whiteford.

"What I said was referring to the past 'you have had a doing', and I apologise subsequently for the word 'doing' because somebody said to me that's capable of misinterpretation.

"I maybe should have said 'you've had a row, you've had a scolding, you've had reprimand, you've had a rebuke, let's move on'."

Mr Davidson continued: "At no time was I suggesting that if anything happened in the future she would be given a doing in any way."

He said: "I accept that the word 'doing' was unacceptable.

"I'm happy to apologise to anyone who is listening and to Eilidh for using the word 'doing'. I should have used the work rebuke, scolding, reprimand or something similar because I didn't at the time think of the sexual connotations."

When asked if would resign as committee chairman, he stated: "I've apologised for using that term, I'm not apologising or accepting for a moment that I threatened or attempted to threaten Dr Whiteford."

However, Dr Whiteford told Good Morning Scotland: "All this stuff about semantics and past tense is just another attempt to try to excuse and justify his behaviour."

She said: "Ian has just admitted that he did make the remark, that those remarks were heard by other members of the committee."

After Mr Davidson refused to resign, the First Minister Alex Salmond called on Labour Party bosses to take "decisive action" against him on STV's Scotland Tonight.

Dr Whiteford said: "He says he won't resign, I hope his party realise they need to take action.

"The Labour Party used to take this sort of stuff seriously and I hope they will take decisive action."

She claimed the chairman's comments had been "wholly unacceptable" and added: "How can I not feel threatened? How can you interpret the phrase getting a doing in anything other than a threatening way?"

She also said that Mr Davidson's apology had been "very half-hearted and conditional".

Dr Whiteford said she was not being "overly sensitive", adding: "I'm more than able to engage in robust political debate and I do that, and I'm very happy to engage on normal terms of debate, but I absolutely don't think it's ever acceptable in any circumstances to say 'giving a doing'.

"That's a threat however you look at it and I just don't think it's okay to say these things."

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.