Councillors who burned Smith report suspended for two months Councillors who burned Smith report suspended for two months
The four SNP councillors involved in a video where they set fire to the Smith Commission report have been suspended from the party for... Councillors who burned Smith report suspended for two months

The four SNP councillors involved in a video where they set fire to the Smith Commission report have been suspended from the party for two months.

The four councillors who performed the stunt were the former Renfrewshire Council leader Brian Lawson, Mags MacLaren, who runs transport minister Derek Mackay’s constituency office, Will Mylet and Kenny MacLaren, who is a researcher for SNP MSP Stuart McMillan.

It was filmed outside Renfrewshire Council headquarters in Paisley, it was posted on YouTube, but later removed.

In the video Mylet said “This is exactly what we think about it. No real powers for Scotland yet again from Westminster. We’ve been lied to yet again. There you go, Gordon Brown. Cheers,” before dropping the report into a bin.

SNP National Secretary Patrick Grady said: “Following a disciplinary hearing at the end of December, the individuals concerned have been suspended from the party for two months until 3 February.

“It has been made clear to all that their actions fell far short of the high standard of debate expected by both public and party.

“All four accept that this is the case and their suspension has been the penalty for that.”

SNP officials said their actions fell far short of the standards expected.