McLeod and Geekie clash over games tweet

FIONA MCLEOD
FIONA MCLEOD

Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games were at the centre of a political row this week after being linked with the Scottish Independence campaign.

MSP Fiona McLeod tweeted a photo of a ‘Yes Campaign’ sign taken outside the event with the caption ‘Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games say Yes’.

However, organisers say they did not put the sign up and have not given their backing to the independence campaign.

NON-POLITICAL

Alan Oliver, spokesperson for Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games Association, said: “We do not know anything about this.

“We are 100 per cent non-political and we did not put up that sign.

“The games are a community event and should not be political.”

The games were held at the West of Scotland rugby ground, in Milngavie, earlier this month.

East Dunbartonshire Council leader Rhondda Geekie has blasted the MSP’s tweet, claiming the community event should not have been used for political gain.

Councillor Geekie said: “This is really disappointing.Fiona McLeod should not have done this.

“This comment was not suitable for this event and it puts the organisers in a difficult situation.

“It’s a shame that a community event like this has been made political.”

MISINTERPRETED

However, Ms McLeod says her tweet has been misinterpreted.

The Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP, who worked at the first Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games 40 years ago, said: “I had an absolutely great day at the Highland Games and I spoke to loads of people who wanted to talk to me about the referendum and independence.

“At the end of the day I used Twitter to sum up the positive day I had at the games.

“Unfortunately, this has been misinterpreted.”

Prior to this year’s event concerns had been raised about the long-term future of the games, but the community responded by turning out in force to show their support.

Former Miss Scotland Jennifer Reoch was chieftain and rugby legend Gavin Hastings acted as chief hagarian.