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Cairngorms National Park Authority refers controversial tweet to Standards Commission


By Tom Ramage

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CNPA board convenor Xander McDade has issued a statement updating the situation on the controversy over board member Gena Blackett's Twitter sugggestion that north-east MP Andrew Bowie should be strung up from a bridge.

After the furore broke out Ms Blackett took “a period of leave” from her role on the board and a 'breather' from social media.

Xander McDade, CNPA convenor
Xander McDade, CNPA convenor

But a statement today (Friday, July 31) from Mr McDade, while confirming the councillor's resignation as deputy convenor, also confirmed that she would be remaining on the board.

Mr McDade said: “On Wednesday, July 29, Geva Blackett tendered her resignation as Deputy Convener of the CNPA Board.

"I would like to thank Geva for her significant contribution as Deputy Convener over the last 18 months – during her time as Deputy Convener, she has worked tirelessly across a range of activities but particularly developing stronger links between the Park and the business community.

"Geva will continue as a Board Member and an election for a new Deputy Board Convener will take place when restrictions allow.

Geva Blackett: stays as a board member
Geva Blackett: stays as a board member

"Following complaints made to the CNPA in relation to comments published on social media by Geva Blackett, a formal investigation of those complaints was undertaken and the findings of that investigation were considered at a meeting of the CNPA’s Audit & Risk Committee on Thursday, July 30.

"The committee concluded that elements of the Code of Conduct may have been breached.

"It was therefore decided by the committee that the potential of a breach of the Code of Conduct should be referred to the Standards Commission, who will now make their own assessment as the body in Scotland with responsibility for adjudicating on alleged breaches of the Code.

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