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Tweet this: You're fired, Brown tells UK candidate

Britain's governing Labour Party says it has dumped a candidate in the national election after he made offensive comments about political foes on Twitter.

world Updated: Apr 09, 2010 19:39 IST

Britain's governing Labour Party says it has dumped a candidate in the national election after he made offensive comments about political foes on Twitter.

Stuart MacLennan, who was running in the Moray district in northern Scotland, made obscene attacks about rival parties and labeled elderly voters as "coffin dodgers."

The 24-year-old MacLennan who wasn't expected to win the seat is the first scalp of Britain's election campaign, which began Tuesday and ends with a May 6 poll.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, whose Labour Party trails the Conservatives in opinion polls, said Friday that MacLennan's Twitter comments were "unacceptable" and demanded he resign. MacLennan said he "been stupid and rightly paid a high price."