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SNP MP calls for Jeremy Clarkson to be removed by ITV and Amazon over Meghan Markle comments

An SNP MP has written to chief executives at ITV and Amazon demanding Jeremy Clarkson be removed after he called for Meghan Markle to be paraded through the streets naked.

John Nicholson hit out at the Who Wants to be a Millionaire host following his comments in a newspaper column at the weekend.

Since the column was published by the Sun Ipso said the piece, which was removed from The Sun's website on Monday at Clarkson's request, had received more than 17,500 complaints.

Clarkson wrote: "Meghan, though, is a different story. I hate her. Not like I hate Nicola Sturgeon or Rose West. I hate her on a cellular level.

"At night, I’m unable to sleep as I lie there, grinding my teeth and dreaming of the day when she is made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant, 'Shame!' and throw lumps of excrement at her."

The MP for Ochil and South Perthshire said the comments by The Grand Tour host were "grotesque" and called for him to be taken off our screens.

The article attracted criticism from high-profile figures politicians, including Nicola Sturgeon, and his own daughter, Emily Clarkson.

Earlier on Tuesday, a group of 60 MPs wrote to the editor of The Sun, Victoria Newton, to condemn the article "in the strongest terms".

The cross-party group, led by Conservative MP Caroline Nokes, said the "hateful" article had contributed to an "unacceptable climate of hatred and violence", and demanded that the publication take action against Clarkson.

Nicholson wrote: "I do not believe Jeremy Clarkson should be allowed back on our screen. As a member of parliament and a journalist by profession, I have consistently defended the freedom of the press. However, this has crossed a line.

"Using the names of a democratically elected First Minister of Scotland and the Duchess of Sussex alongside that of a serial killer is grotesque."

The letter from MPs read: "We are horrified at the recent article by Jeremy Clarkson in your publication. As parliamentarians of every persuasion, we condemn in the strongest terms the violent misogynistic language against the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle," the letter read.

"This sort of language has no place in our country, and it is unacceptable that it was allowed to be published in a mainstream newspaper. Ms Markle has faced multiple credible threats to her life, requiring the intervention of the Metropolitan Police.

"Hateful articles like the one written by Mr Clarkson do not exist in a vacuum, and directly contribute to this unacceptable climate of hatred and violence."

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