SNP Candidate Julie Bell: Scotland has been 'pillaged' for 300 years

  • Alfie Baron
SNP council candidate Julie Bell has embarrassed herself by claiming on Twitter that Scotland has been 'pillaged' for 300 years. Julie Bell is a health and safety worker and holistic therapist. Ms Bell also sits on the national committee of the Women for Independence Group.

In an outrageous tweet she said: "...a 5-10 year recovery from 300 years of pillaging isn't bad at all".

The remark was made as economic adviser Andrew Wilson had been quoted as saying that it could take up to ten years for Scotland's economy to recover after a split from the rest of the United Kingdom.

Julie Bell is standing for the party in the Kirriemuir & Dean ward for Angus Council. She was challenged to withdraw her remarks by Labour's Lewis McDonald who suggester voters would find her comments "appalling".

This row follows after the depute leader of Perth and Kinross Council, Dave Doogan, was supposedly disciplined for making anti-English remarks.

It is alleged that Dave Doogan had made a speech referring to "quislings" and Scotland being "under the heel of foreign influence for 300 years".

Tory MSP Liam Kerr has been quoted as saying: "The worrying thing is that it isn't just one SNP candidate who thinks like this - it is the entire SNP, starting from Nicola Sturgeon at the top".
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.