Candidate says sorry in Argyll and Bute radio row

Conservative candidate Alastair Redman and his Labour opponent Mary Galbraith.
Conservative candidate Alastair Redman and his Labour opponent Mary Galbraith.

The Conservatives’ general election candidate in Argyll and Bute has apologised to his Labour opponent after she accused him of lying about her on national radio.

Mary Galbraith reacted angrily on-air to Alastair Redman’s claim, made on the BBC’s 5 Live Breakfast show on Tuesday, that she had lived in Brussels and had worked in the European Parliament.

Mr Redman conceded to presenter Nicky Campbell that his claim was “a factual error, perhaps”, but that didn’t satisfy Mrs Galbraith, who contacted all the newspapers and media outlets in Argyll and Bute on Thursday to say she was demanding an apology for the statement.

That apology has now been received; Mr Redman has copied in The Buteman on an email he has sent to Mrs Galbraith, in which he says: “I apologise for asserting, on the 5 Live Breakfast Show on Tuesday 14th of April, that you had lived in Brussels and had worked in the European Parliament.

“I was totally misinformed and I withdraw this statement unreservedly. I apologise for any upset that it may have caused you.”

Mr Redman and Mrs Galbraith, along with the Liberal Democrats’ Alan Reid, the SNP’s Brendan O’Hara and UKIP candidate Caroline Santos, will visit Rothesay for The Buteman’s hustings this Sunday, April 19, starting at 2pm at the Pavilion.