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Foul-mouthed chairman resigns from abuse charity

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​Following mounting pressure Open Secret chairman Bruce Hotchkies, criticised for being a member of shock rock band Thunderfuck and the Deadly Romantics, has quit his position at the charity

The controversial chair of a Falkirk based abuse charity who was criticised for being the frontman of a foul-mouthed rock band has resigned.

In a statement to TFN, Open Secret chief executive Janine Rennie confirmed Bruce Hotchkies quit his position last week.

Hotchkies is the lead singer of band Thunderfuck and the Deadly Romantics whose songs include lyrics about sex and anti-feminism.

Bruce Hotchkies
Bruce Hotchkies

The board of Open Secret had defended Hotchkies' involvement in the band saying his lyrics were tongue in cheek and his role did not affect his voluntary work for the charity.

However both were put under pressure by SNP MSP Christina McKelvie who said Hotchkies' position was untenable and called for the charity to be suspended from the cross-party group on men’s violence against women and children, which she chairs.

Rennie’s statement added: “The board has accepted his resignation and he has given his reasons as he has a family and this has and will have a serious impact on them.”



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