A Labour MP has been criticised after referring to Scotland’s First Minister as “Mohammed Yousaf”.
The mistake occurred during at interview between Sky News presenter Niall Paterson and Labour’s shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland Peter Kyle.
The MP, who has now apologised for the mistake, was asked about the ongoing controversies within the SNP and whether Humza Yousaf should suspend former first minister Nicola Sturgeon from the party.
Kyle responded: “A criminal investigation which is under way into the SNP needs to follow its course. I think that Mohammed Yousaf needs to get a grip on his party because right now it is not capable of serving the people of Scotland and that’s the thing that concerns us in the Labour party the most.”
Following the interview, which aired on Wednesday morning, members of the SNP criticised the mistake.
Renfrewshire councillor Michelle Campbell, who is also the party’s BAME convener, said: “Someone want to ask Peter Kyle MP who “Mohammed Yousaf” is?
“Why are @SkyNews misquoting and bypassing this?
“On the subject matter, I think Labour should be more focused on their own house.”
Responding, Kyle said: “I’m always mortified if I ever get someone’s name wrong and I am now. I’m sorry to Humza and promise it’s a mistake I won’t make twice.”