MSP sparks outrage by pinning Yes to independence sticker on poppy

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An SNP MSP sparked outrage after using a remembrance poppy to prove Scottish independence. Michelle Thomson was pictured wearing a home made white poppy badge in Holyrood today.

However, the centre of the poppy appeared to have been covered up with a “Yes” to independence sticker.

The Falkirk East MSP’s stunt was accused of being “an insult to veterans”.

Ms Thomson insisted she had not intended to cause offence and the pro-independence sticker had only been added to hold the poppy together after it fell apart.

But Scottish Conservative MSP Sharon Dowey told the Scottish Express: “This is beyond tacky and tasteless from Michelle Thomson.

“To stoop so low as to politicise our fallen war heroes to push her pro-independence message actually beggars belief.

“It’s clear that her obsession with separating Scotland from the UK trumps everything – including her sense of decency.

“Imagine the outcry if a company sought to co-opt the poppy for advertising purposes. Well, this is the political equivalent of that – it’s shameful and yet shameless.

“Remembrance is a solemn time of the year when the nation unites to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom.

“Whatever their political beliefs, all right-thinking Scots will be appalled by Michelle Thomson’s cheap stunt. She must urgently apologise for this disgraceful lapse of judgement.”

Scottish Lib Dem Veterans spokesperson and former Royal Marine captain Bruce Wilson, added: “This is an insult to veterans. It seems like there is nothing the nationalists won’t slap a Yes sticker on.

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“Regardless of whether you choose to wear a white poppy or a red one, this is a symbol of solemn remembrance, not a stunt to publicise your narrow-minded political cause.”

White poppies are given out by the pacifist Peace Pledge Union.

Supporters say they wear the colour white in order to represent all victims of war, regardless of who they fought for.

A spokesperson for Ms Thomson said the poppy had fallen apart at the weekend and there was no quick fix to keep it together.

They said: “Michelle wore a white poppy all last week and its message of ‘Peace’ is something she strongly believes in.

“Unfortunately, this poppy, being made of paper came apart at the weekend. Upon arrival at Committee she asked a colleague for another white poppy and received one – but without a safety pin.

“She used her ‘Yes’ badge to affix it prior to obtaining another safety pin after Committee. No offence was intended.

“Her white poppy, promoting the message of ‘Peace’ will be affixed in the usual manner in the Scottish Parliament after Committee today.”

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