Fife Tory councillor apologises for SNP ‘dogs’ jibe during budget debate

A Fife Tory councillor was made to apologise after describing SNP members as “dogs” in ill-tempered exchanges as the council set its budget.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 7:27 pm

Darren Watt, who represents Cowdenbeath, was rebuked by the Provost, Jim Leishman, for his remarks on the SNP-Labour joint administration.

Of the power-sharing duo, he said “It's clear co-leader (David) Ross has finally realised if you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas."

Provost Jim Leishman intervened after Cllr Ross (Labour) branded the remarks "completely out of order, insulting and disrespectful".

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Ordered to apologise, Cllr Watt said: "My emotions got the better of me."

Last August, Cllr Watt sparked a social media backlash when he posted a picture of himself outside a gym in Carlisle while on a short break during lockdown when facilities north of the border were closed.

He. tweeted: “You can take our gyms, leisure centres and health clubs but you’ll never take our freedom!”

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