Fife Depute Provost accuses Tory councillor of sexism in after-work drinks row

Julie Ford
Julie Ford

The Depute Provost of Fife Council has accused a Conservative councillor of sexism.

In a series of tweets on Friday, SNP Councillor Julie Ford alleged that a councillor, later confirmed as Mick Green, didn’t invite her for after-work drinks due to having a child “to get home to”.

In the social media posts Cllr Ford wrote: “After full council yesterday, a Tory councillor invited a male SNP councillor out for a drink with other male councillors. I asked if there was a no-women policy but was ignored. A Labour councillor then piped in that it was ‘ex-military only’, before I quickly pointed out three out of six going weren’t ex-military.

“Said Tory councillor then finally caught up with me and clarified that he didn’t ask me as I have a ‘wee one’ to get home to. So glad I got the clarity. I totally forgot that we’re in the 1950s and women look after the children and home while men go to the pub. 

“The Tory in question then pointed to a 69-plate Land Rover and said ‘you can tell this is a Tory councillor’s car. Brand new and expensive.’ Welcome to 21st century Scottish Tories.” 

Cllr Green responded that he hadn’t meant the comment maliciously, saying: “I was referring to her as a competent mother, that’s all.”