‘Freedom’ call waits ... over one year on

Photograph by  PHIL WILKINSON / TSPL copyright 'Tel +44 (0) 7740444373''ASADA - LIVINGSTON''FORMER PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN ,  JOINED SCOTTISH LABOUR LEADER IAIAN GRAY TODAY TO SUPPORT  LAWRENCE FITZPATRICK  THE LABOUR  CANDIDATE FOR ALMOND VALLEY , ON A WALK ABOUT IN THE ASDA STORE MEETING SHOPPERS.

Photograph by PHIL WILKINSON / TSPL copyright 'Tel +44 (0) 7740444373''ASADA - LIVINGSTON''FORMER PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN , JOINED SCOTTISH LABOUR LEADER IAIAN GRAY TODAY TO SUPPORT LAWRENCE FITZPATRICK THE LABOUR CANDIDATE FOR ALMOND VALLEY , ON A WALK ABOUT IN THE ASDA STORE MEETING SHOPPERS.

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A FIFE MSP still believes former prime minister Gordon Brown should be awarded the Freedom of Fife.

It is a year since SNP member Tricia Marwick took the unusual step of calling for the Kirkcaldy MP to be awarded the honour in recognition of his “outstanding public service” just days after he left Downing Street.

But Fife Council has yet to reach a decision.

Mrs Marwick - now Presiding Officer at the Scottish Parliament - said as the only Fifer to be Prime Minister, Mr Brown had brought “honour and distinction” to the area.

She said she may have had political differences with the MP, but did not doubt his deep commitment to the people of Fife.

Mrs Marwick wrote to the leader and provost of Fife Council nominating Mr Brown and asking all councillors to support the move.

This week she told the Press: “I made the proposal last year that Fife Council should consider the Freedom of Fife for Gordon Brown.

Recognition

“It was based on the fact he was the first ever Fifer to become the Prime Minister.

‘‘Regardless of politics, I believe it is a personal achievement that Fife Council should recognise.”

On May 13 last year, councillors briefly discussed the matter as Provost Frances Melville confirmed a formal request had been received.

But, more than one year on, a final decision has not yet been made.

Iain Matheson, Fife Council’s chief legal officer, said: “No decision has been taken on this nomination, and in accordance with normal council practice, we do not discuss individual cases.”

If Mr Brown was awarded the Freedom of Fife, it is understood, he would be only the third ever recipient after Jimmy Shand and the Black Watch.

To be awarded honour, recipients must have given outstanding service to the community “over a considerable period of time”.