The Renfrewshire Council SNP councillors who posted themselves on You Tube burning a copy of last week’s Smith commission recommendations have been suspended from the party pending a disciplinary hearing.
The party’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, described the actions of three Renfrewshire councillors and another who filmed them as unacceptable and falling short of the high standards expected by the public.
The four people who performed the stunt – 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 – have been suspended pending the outcome of disciplinary procedures, SNP national secretary Patrick Grady has confirmed.
In the video they 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.
Reacting to the video, Sturgon said: “I absolutely condemn it – it is unacceptable behaviour.
“We all have strong, passionate views on the future of Scotland. I believe Scotland should be an independent country. People are entitled to express those views robustly and passionately.
“But setting fire to something because you don’t agree with it is unacceptable behaviour and the councillors in question will be left in no doubt about my views of their conduct.”
The SNP’s national secretary, Patrick Grady, confirmed on Wednesday morning: “I have written to the convener of the party’s disciplinary committee, making a complaint against the four individuals concerned, and the four will be suspended from the party until that complaint is heard.”