Coun­cil­lor Su­san McGill

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

A Stir­ling coun­cil­lor who sent a ‘saucy’ Christ­mas present to the au­thor­ity’s se­nior of­fi­cial was this week ac­cused of un­ac­cept­able con­duct.

Trossachs and Teith Tory Jeremy McDonald gave in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive Carol Beat­tie two bot­tles of ‘Carol brand’ sauce, one red and the other brown.

A col­league said Coun­cil­lor McDonald was “try­ing to be funny” and had apol­o­gised but SNP coun­cil­lor Su­san McGill said there should be zero tol­er­ance of sex­ual ha­rass­ment in the work­place.

A coun­cil in­sider said the in­ci­dent oc­curred in the run-up to the fes­tive sea­son, and added: “In the week be­fore Christ­mas, Carol in­vited elected mem­bers for a glass of wine and Coun­cil­lor McDonald ap­proached her be­fore­hand and said ‘I have left a saucy present for you in your of­fice’.

“When she opened it, it turned out to be a bot­tle of red sauce and a bot­tle of brown sauce.

“It was a bit creepy and in my view in­ap­pro­pri­ate. There is in­nu­endo there and I can see that it might have been up­set­ting for Carol.”

Con­ser­va­tive Group leader Neil Benny was aware of the in­ci­dent and told the Observer: “Jeremy had been work­ing with Carol on dif­fer­ent pro­grammes and he saw some sauce that was ‘Carol’ brand and de­cided to

This is not the sort of be­hav­iour any woman should have to face, never mind at her place of work

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