Douglas Ross: Tory leader apologises for missing VJ Day event

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives has apologised for missing a VJ Day event to work as a linesman at a football match.

Douglas Ross said he was wrong to officiate at the Scottish Premiership game rather than attend a two-minute silence in his Moray constituency.

His apology came after his absence was highlighted on the front page of the Sunday Mail.

It sparked criticism from opponents, including Labour MSP Neil Findlay.

He told the paper that the MP's decision "shows his appalling judgement and, frankly, his arrogance too".

The apology comes less than two weeks after Mr Ross was confirmed as the leader of the Scottish Conservatives following the resignation of Jackson Carlaw.

The MP, who is also a qualified football referee, was a linesman at the match between Kilmarnock and St Johnstone at Rugby Park.

In a statement issued on Sunday morning, the MP said he was selected to officiate at a game before he was invited to the VJ Day event in Forres.

He offered his apologies in advance that he could not attend.

"I had not anticipated there being an official VJ Day event given the current restrictions due to Covid, but when it became clear there was a conflict, I should have asked to be taken off my game," he added.

"I got this wrong and I apologise."

Skip Twitter post by @Douglas4Moray

I was selected to officiate a match before I was invited to the VJ Day event. But when it became clear there was a clash, I should have asked to be taken off my game. I got this wrong & Im sorry. Im donating my match fee to Help for Heroes who do so much to support our veterans

— Douglas Ross MP (@Douglas4Moray) August 16, 2020

End of Twitter post by @Douglas4Moray

Mr Ross said he would donate his match fee – believed to be about £445Read More – Source

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