Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called for a Scottish Government minister to apologise to former Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.
In a letter to Shetland News dated 20 August, Maree Todd, minister for Children and Young People, claimed that "for the last three years, the Lib Dems have refused to take part in any budget talks whatsoever with the Scottish Government".
This comes despite her colleague, Derek Mackay, Finance Secretary, thanking Mr Scott and Orkney MSP Liam McArthur "for your continued positive engagement in respect of the budget process" in January 2018.
Campaigning in Shetland alongside Scottish Liberal Democrat by-election candidate, Beatrice Wishart, Mr Rennie said:
“This was a slur on Tavish Scott’s reputation and track record for Shetland. Over twenty years he has worked constructively with ministers of all political colours including the SNP. I have seen him at work in the Parliament for years and I know he did it very well.
“These constant negative attacks are unwarranted and wholly inaccurate. And this letter provides new evidence that one of her fellow ministers agrees with us. Derek Mackay is the one who would know as he was in the budget discussions unlike Maree Todd.
“The SNP need to raise the tone of the campaign and make a positive contribution instead of these negative attacks.
“Maree Todd must apologise immediately.”