Published: 14/07/2013 07:00 - Updated: 12/07/2013 17:14

Formal complaint over Salmond's saltire 'stunt'

Written byDonna MacAllister

Alex Salmond's flag-waving has drawn criticism from some quarters
Alex Salmond's flag-waving has drawn criticism from some quarters

ALEX Salmond’s decision to unfurl a saltire at Centre Court at Wimbledon has promptedriled-up a Highland councillor to lodge a formal complaint.

Independent Jim Crawford, who represent Inverness South, has lodged a formal complaint with the commissioner for ethical standards in public life in Scotland.

He wants the first m inister to be censored by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland for what he claims was “a political stunt”.

“To try and claim some political point-scoring out of Andy Murray’s win was really lacking in class,” said the councillor.

“And to do it in the Royal Box at Wimbledon just brings it down to the level of football boxes.”

Mr Salmond took the flag from his wife’s handbag before waving it behind David Cameron’s head as Murray secured his historic win.

Mr Salmond’s special adviser, Campbell Gunn, said the first minister was delighted to cheer Andy Murray on to a historic victory on Sunday.

“This is just a party-pooper attitude from Mr Crawford,” he added.

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