Chief Executive reiterates the rules to ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigners

Policy does permit 'considerate' use of campaign materials, but not 'adhesive material.
Policy does permit 'considerate' use of campaign materials, but not 'adhesive material.

The Chief Executive of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Malcolm Burr, has written to both the local ‘Yes Scotland’ and ‘Better Together’ campaign groups after ‘Yes’ stickers were found on council property.

Alasdair Morrison, who heads up the island group campaigning for a ‘No’ vote on September 18th, said the stickers placed along all sides of Stornoway Town Hall amounted to vandalism and alerted the council.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Comhairle premises should not be used for campaigning purposes. The stickers on the Town Hall are being removed.

“The Comhairle’s policy does permit considerate use of campaign material on street furniture, although not adhesive materials, and there are conditions within the policy. This includes removing material within 48 hours of event, not obscuring traffic signs etc. Any excessive number of posters etc will be removed. The Chief Executive is writing to both campaigns on the issue.”

Meanwhile police in Stornoway were alerted to comments allegedly made by a local ‘Yes Scotland’ campaigner on Facebook referring to the Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Anas Sarwar, following his visit to Stornoway. Enquiries are ongoing.

A spokesperson for Mr Sarwar said he won’t be commenting or contacting the police.

A SNP spokesperson stated: “We have said time and again that the referendum debate must be conducted in a respectful and tolerant manner, and offensive language has no part to play.”