SNP candidate Paul Monaghan accused of 'misrepresenting' NHS Doctor Alison Brooks

  • Alfie Baron
SNP candidate Paul Monaghan is once again under the spotlight. Paul Monaghan has been accused of 'misrepresenting' NHS Doctor Alison Brooks. It is understood that Dr Alison Brooks has sought legal advice after Paul Monaghan's campaign circulated leaflets stating that the Scottish Government is supporting her work as the chair of the Caithness Maternity and Gynaecology Group. The leaflet is titled "Safeguarding our NHS".

Doctor Brooks is categorically disputing the leaflet's claims. The leaflet promotes the SNP's health record and lists initiatives they have taken.

The leaflet also has a photograph and description of Dr Brooks and states: “The group’s formation is supported by the Scottish Government and is considered a major step forward in improving the care and safety of Caithness, Maternity and Neonatal Services.”

Doctor Brooks has made the following statement:

“He used my photo because I’m the chair of maternity and gynae review group up here and he has put comments that the Scottish Government supports the formation of this group. They had absolutely nothing to do with the formation of the group...absolutely zero. They didn’t even know it was started.

“It is making suggestions that the SNP or the Scottish Government have somehow have some involvement in the health issues in the north, which they definitely haven’t.

“I was very, very upset about appearing in it. I have never spoken to the man. He has no right to put it there. It obviously suggests an allegiance with the SNP party which I would not wish. It is a misrepresentation of me.”
Doctor Brooks is a Deputy Lieutenant in Caithness, an appointment made by the Queen’s local representative and which requires political neutrality.

Doctor Brooks continued:

“It is really important that I have no public allegiance to any party. So that was the cause of a great deal of embarrassment to me as well."
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.