Po­lice probe SNP ac­tivist’s ‘Get out of Scot­land’ video

Scottish Daily Mail - - Manchester Terror - By Mark Howarth

PO­LICE are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a Na­tion­al­ist who al­legedly posted live footage on the in­ter­net of her fol­low­ing Tory cam­paign­ers, yelling: ‘Get out of Scot­land.’

The clip shows SNP ac­tivist Lorna Tay­lor hurl­ing abuse at the elec­tion vol­un­teers as they de­liver leaflets in her vil­lage, Cowie, Stir­ling­shire, as she tailed them in her van.

Last night, as crit­ics said the video had dragged Scot­tish pol­i­tics into the gut­ter, po­lice con­firmed they had re­ceived a com­plaint about the in­ci­dent, be­lieved to have taken place on Thurs­day evening.

Mrs Tay­lor – a for­mer cleaner who has posed for pho­tos with First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon and Alex Sal­mond – was un­re­pen­tant, though.

Speak­ing at her semi-de­tached home while wear­ing an ‘I’m Scot­tish, Not Bri­tish’ T-shirt, she said: ‘It’s free­dom of speech, it’s a free coun­try.’

The four-minute video opens with Mrs Tay­lor at the wheel, say­ing to cam­era: ‘I’m go­ing live be­cause I’ve got the Tories.’ Then a street in Cowie is shown, with

‘No place in pol­i­tics for this’

the ve­hi­cle ap­par­ently fol­low­ing a group of five Con­ser­va­tives while a folk song de­nounc­ing ‘West­min­ster Tories’ blares out.

Mrs Tay­lor tells her friend to open the pas­sen­ger win­dow be­fore she shouts re­marks, in­clud­ing: ‘Get out of Cowie, get out of Ban­nock­burn, get out of Scot­land, you’re not wel­come!’

The cam­paign­ers do not re­act and con­tinue walk­ing.

The bar­rack­ing con­tin­ues as she draws level with the group, Mrs Tay­lor sneer­ing: ‘Tories are not wel­come, now, move! Ev­ery time you turn up on a street you will be com­ing af­ter [sic].’

The video closes with a mes­sage to her au­di­ence, say­ing: ‘Right they’re up the top park so I’ll be head­ing up there af­ter them and if there’s any­body else in Cowie that’s free to come and lend a hand with the Tories, feel free.’

Mrs Tay­lor is a co-or­gan­iser of the Free­dom Con­voy, a cam­paign group for the Yes side in the in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum. She was also a lead­ing light among Na­tion­al­ists who cel­e­brated out­side Holy­rood when SNP and Green MSPs car­ried a vote to hold a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum.

Scot­tish Tory deputy leader Jack­son Car­law said: ‘It’s clear that there is no place in pol­i­tics for be­hav­iour like this.’

But SNP coun­cil­lor Alas­dair MacPher­son, who rep­re­sents Ban­nock­burn on Stir­ling Coun­cil, posted a ‘well done’ mes­sage be­neath the video. He later wrote on Face­book: ‘I hear that the toxic Tory can­di­date was can­vass­ing in Cowie tonight – only to be con­fronted by sev­eral lo­cal res­i­dents who re­minded him in no un­cer­tain terms of the dam­age Thatcher and his poi­sonous party had in­flicted on our min­ing vil­lages.’

Last night, the SNP said it would not be tak­ing dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against Mrs Tay­lor. A spokesman said: ‘She has been spo­ken to and re­minded that po­lit­i­cal ar­gu­ments should be made with cour­tesy and re­spect.’

Po­lice Scot­land last night ap­pealed for wit­nesses. A spokesman said: ‘We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing fol­low­ing a re­port of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in the Cowie area. In­quiries are cur­rently on­go­ing.’

Snapped: Mrs Tay­lor poses with Ni­cola Stur­geon

De­fi­ant: Lorna Tay­lor

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