Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has been accused of lying about an encounter with an independence supporter she claimed had been “shouting independence slogans” at her.
The MSP has come under fire after posting a message on social media in which she claimed to have been followed and shouted at by the man as “his dogs barked”.
The tweet read: “At lunchtime today, a man followed me through the streets, shouting Indy slogans at me while filming me, as his dogs barked. 2014, ’tis as if you never left….”
However Ms Davidson’s account was challenged by former SNP MP Michelle Thomson who said she had witnessed the encounter between Davidson and the man. In a response, the former SNP politician said: “As a matter of interest I was there with a friend. @RuthDavidsonMSP walked past us. There was a man with 3 small dugs who noted there were c90,000 peeps at march and that was, in his view, justification for #indyref2 RD (in her defence) spoke briefly to him. Ends.”
Davidson’s description of the enounter was also challenged by the man accused of shouting Indy slogans at the MSP. Dean Halliday posted a message on twitter: “I never shouted any “indy slogans” why lie Ruth Davidson when you yourself knew I was filming the conversation.”
Mr Halliday posted a video of the enounter on Facebook that called into question the Scottish Conservative leader’s version of events.
In the video Halliday can be seen approaching Davidson and asking her a question whilst making some points. The Conservative MSP responds by asking why he is “following a pregnant woman”. One of the small dogs Halliday is walking is seen briefly but no barking or Indy slogan shouts can be heard.
Davidson’s tweet isn’t the first time the MSP has been accused of posting false claims relating to independence supporting men.
During the 2015 General Election, Davidson claimed there had been reports of “burly blokes” turning people away from voting booths if they didn’t “support a certain party”.
The claim was eventually discovered to be invention. Police officers were sent to the polling place at Newington Sports and Leisure Centre in the Dumfriesshire town and spoke to officials who said there had been no complaints.
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