The SNP councillor Moira Shemilt swiftly deleted her Twitter account after posting the comments, which sparked a storm of criticism online

Tory accused of gender stereotyping for child’s pink coat

A Scottish Tory MP today slammed an SNP councillor who accused him of ‘gender-stereotyping’ for letting his daughter wear pink on her first day at nursery.

Paul Masterton excitedly posted the snap of his three year-old daughter Daisy on the ‘momentous day’ alongside a picture of his one year-old son Charlie sitting in the staff room with a jumper with trucks on it.

But he was left dismayed when SNP West Lothian councillor Moira Shemilt tore into him online for the choice of clothes.

She retweeted the picture along with the message ‘Pink and sheep for girls. Tuff trucks for boys. #genderstereotyping.’

He hit back at the ‘classless’ councillor for ‘shaming’ parents and pointed out that he let his daughter pick her outfit because it was her special day.

Mr Masterton, the newly-elected MP for East Renfrewshire, told the Mail Online the comments were ‘needless unnecessary and nasty’ and that it was beyond the pale to use his young children to score cheap political points.

The SNP councillor Moira Shemilt swiftly deleted her Twitter account after posting the comments, which sparked a storm of criticism online
Moira Shemilt tore into Tory MP Paul Masterton over allowing his daughter to wear a pink coat while his son wore a jumper with trucks on it

SNP councillor Moira Shemilt accused Tory MP Paul Masterton of gender stereotyping for letting his daughter wear a pink coat on her first day of nursery. He hit back at the comments which he described as classless and unnecessary

Newly elected Scottish Tory MP Paul Masterton said his daughter's first day at nursery was a proud day for him and his wife heather and that it was shameful of the councillor to try to ruin it

Newly elected Scottish Tory MP Paul Masterton said his daughter’s first day at nursery was a proud day for him and his wife heather and that it was shameful of the councillor to try to ruin it

Three year-old Daisy, pictured left, picked out her pink coat to wear on her first day at nursery herself. Meanwhile, her little brother Charlie sported a jumper with truck on it as he went to see his big sister off

Ms Shemilt swiftly deleted her Twitter profile after sparking a storm of criticism online for the comments.

Hitting back at the councillor online, the MP wrote: ‘How dare you! You should be ashamed shaming parents in this way. For info, we let Daisy pick her own clothes, so what if she likes pink?’

He added: ‘She also likes Thomas the Tank engine, dressing up as Elsa, putting on nail polish and playing with cars. A disgraceful and clueless comment.’

He said that the was ‘so angry’ adding: ‘Raising two kids is hard enough without classless, ill-informed, judgemental comments like this.’

Mr Masterton told the Mail Online that he was ‘not prepared to accept’ to see his children used like that online.

Paul Masterton excitedly posted a picture of his daughter at her'momentous' first day at nursery alongside a snap of her little brother Charlie

Paul Masterton excitedly posted a picture of his daughter at her’momentous’ first day at nursery alongside a snap of her little brother Charlie

He took to Twitter to vent his fury after being attacked online BY councillor Moira Shemilt over the clothes his young daughter and son were wearing

He took to Twitter to vent his fury after being attacked online BY councillor Moira Shemilt over the clothes his young daughter and son were wearing

Paul Masterton said the councilor should be 'ashamed' of trying to shame parents as she had

Paul Masterton said the councilor should be ‘ashamed’ of trying to shame parents as she had

He said: ‘I said parenting is hard enough without people trying to undermine you and make you feel ashamed of the choices you are making as a parent.

‘It was a proud day for us. It was stupid, it was needless, unnecessary and nasty.

‘I don’t know what she was trying to achieve from doing it. You don’t make your point by attacking another parent or their children.’

The father-of-two said that he let his daughter pick her clothes because it was her first day at nursery and that ‘she could have worn whatever she wanted’.

And he tore into the SNP politician for trying to pigeonhole his daughter just because she chose to wear pink.

He said: ‘Girls can like glitter and like cars, boys can like dolls and they can like dinosaurs. This whole rage against gender-stereotyping doesn’t mean choosing the opposite.

‘Don’t judge. My job as a dad is to make sure my kids are happy and safe and what they wear and play with is nobody else’s concern.’

But while he found the councillor’s comments appalling, he said he was not altogether surprise to receive the abuse .

He said: ‘I’m a Scottish Conservative and the nationalists are out and about. I have to say I’m not surprised that they think that my children are legitimate targets.

‘But it is disappointing when somebody is an elected councillor.’

The Tory MP pointed out his three year-old daughter Daisy also loves Thomas the tank Engine and that it should not be assumed that she is pigeonholed because she chose to wear pink

The Tory MP pointed out his three year-old daughter Daisy also loves Thomas the tank Engine and that it should not be assumed that she is pigeonholed because she chose to wear pink

Mr Masterton said the councillor later apologised to him but he hopes she will learn from the row and not do anything like it again

Mr Masterton said the councillor later apologised to him but he hopes she will learn from the row and not do anything like it again

Thanking other Twitter users for their support, Mr Masterton said he was left 'so angry' by the comments

Thanking other Twitter users for their support, Mr Masterton said he was left ‘so angry’ by the comments

‘She got back in touch. I think she said “I shouldn’t have used your picture to make the point, sorry I’ve now deleted it”.

‘I’ve accepted the apology. I just hope she reflects on what she did and thinks twice before making personal attacks like that again. ‘

Ms Shemilt told the Mail Online she is sorry for the offence caused.

She said: ‘I feel really bad about this.

‘Yesterday, I listened to a piece on Radio 4 about boys clothes and girls clothes. I saw Mr Masterton’s tweet and thought about it.

‘I wasn’t accusing the MP per se of gender stereotyping – the radio programme was copied into the tweet – but freely admit that it could be read like that.

‘I apologised within minutes. And I am genuinely sorry for a stupid mistake.

‘I did something silly and said sorry. The backlash that I have received today has been overwhelming. I’ve shut down my Twitter account.’

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