Stur­geon ap­points McCaig spe­cial ad­viser

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS - BY JEN­NIFER McKIERNAN

For­mer Aberdeen South MP Cal­lum McCaig has been ap­pointed as a spe­cial ad­viser for First Min­is­ter Nicola Stur­geon.

Mr McCaig is a for­mer SNP coun­cil­lor and was elected to West­min­ster in 2015 but lost his job in May’s snap elec­tion af­ter just two years.

A Labour source said the ap­point­ment would raise eye­brows.

He said: “Hav­ing been re­jected by vot­ers, the pub­lic will be sur­prised to learn that Cal­lum McCaig is now on the first min­is­ter’s pay roll – along with Ste­wart Max­well, who was also re­jected by vot­ers.

“Now he is no longer an MP and freed from the party’s rules that ban dis­sent in pub­lic, hope­fully he will tell Nicola Stur­geon that she must stop pass­ing on Tory aus­ter­ity.”

Mr McCaig, who brings the num­ber of ad­vis­ers to 14, said on so­cial me­dia: “Good first week in the new job... fo­cus­ing on fi­nance and lo­cal gov­ern­ment.”

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