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Charity removes SNP politician from report launch over “photo op” row

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Glasgow councillor Graham Campbell was removed from a meeting on Monday.

A row has broken out between a leading drugs charity figure and a politician following a meeting earlier this week. 

Glasgow SNP councillor Graham Campbell was kicked out of a meeting hosted by Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) in the city on Monday following claims the charity was being used for a photo op. 

FAVOR campaigns against drugs deaths and was launching a report assessing the Scottish Government's work to address the crisis

The incident, which took place at the Bluevale Community Centre in Glasgow’s Haghill, was filmed by journalists in attendance.

Ann Marie Ward, the head of the charity, was seen telling Mr Campbell: “You have not been there, you have not been there.”

After the row, Ms Ward told Radio Clyde: "He showed up at two events in the last three years. He's barely spoke a word to us during those events.

"He's not offered any support outside those events. As far as I'm concerned he showed up to get his photograph taken to prove he was there.

"There's been no support. So for him to stand up and say that he has supported the campaign since it started is laughable. It’s beyond lies and manipulation. To lie like that - it's a complete brass neck."

Councillor Campbell told reporters: "I think it was over the top. But I was not treated like that by the others in the campaign and they did apologise for the conduct.

"Look, I'm a big boy, I can handle criticism. I expected to hear some criticism as I know there's a view that FAVOR has expressed before.

"I was expecting criticism, I wasn't expecting that and I think it was uncalled for."



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