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First Minister must dismiss adviser

June 11, 2014 2:25 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has said thatWillie RennieWillie Rennie the First Minister must dismiss an adviser found to have briefed against a mother who had spoken at a Better Together event.

The call comes after the First Minister's advisor issued an apology this afternoon saying that the First Minister was not aware of his actions. Mr Rennie has also raised questions over the First Minister's woefully inadequate response to such serious claims.

Speaking this afternoon, Mr Rennie said:

"Although the First Minister has instructed his adviser to apologise, his casual dismissal of the issue reveals that neither he, nor his adviser, understand the severity of the matter. This was no misunderstanding, it was a crude and unwarranted attempt to silence those who disagree. Since he clearly does not understand what he has done Campbell Gunn should resign or be dismissed.

"The unwarranted actions of his advisor have inflicted unnecessary distress upon a family in a very public way. Seeking to shout down or silence those who disagree with the nationalists is not only tolerated by the SNP leadership but is now encouraged. This must end."