- Alfie Baron
The ruling Conservative group on South Ayrshire Council wanted to fly the Union flag alongside the Saltire above the County Buildings in Ayr throughout November next year.
This allegedly prompted an SNP councillor to rant that the idea was an “ill-thought out concept that is inappropriate for contemporary times”.
Laura Brennan-Whitefield is said to have accused the Tories of playing political games and her colleague Peter Henderson claimed the move would risk “breaking all protocol”.
The voting down of the Conservative request came just weeks after Ms Brennan-Whitefield had her own motion approved for the LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersexual) rainbow flag to fly above the County Buildings in February.
Conservative group leader Martin Dowey – who brought the motion – said they were “very disappointed”.
Martin Dowey said:
We never intended to make any sort of political point, we simply thought it would be a fitting gesture. It would not have broken any protocols as local authorities are able to decide what flags are flown from their own buildings.Ron Merrilees, of the Ayr’s Legion Scotland branch, said:
I am very disappointed. I just can’t understand why this has even become an issue and I think most veterans would agree.