Firebombing of Tory councillor’s car condemned by First Minister

Nicola Sturgeon has condemned an attack on a councillor whose car was set on fire outside his family home.

The First Minister was asked about Graeme Campbell, who was woken up to find his BMW “had been firebombed” while he and his family slept.

Firefighters reportedly told Mr Campbell the car’s window had been smashed and flammable liquid poured in.

At FMQs, Conservative MSP Liam Kerr called for Ms Sturgeon to condemn the attack on the South Lanarkshire councillor.

Mr Kerr said: “On Monday, councillor Graeme Campbell was woken up in the middle of the night.

“His car had been firebombed, flames were spreading to his house and could easily have killed him and his family or spread to nearby homes.

“Will she condemn the attack and does she agree that any threat or direct action towards politicians who are just carrying out their duties at any level and of any party is an attack on our very democracy and must be met with robust and decisive action?”

In response, Ms Sturgeon said: “I condemn that incident strongly, very strongly and unreservedly, and I would take the opportunity to send my best wishes to councillor Campbell and to his family, I’m sure they were deeply shocked at what occurred.

“I cannot and will not comment on the specific incident because is it a matter for police investigation but I do think that attacks on politicians of any nature are to be condemned.

“We live in a society where we should encourage and embrace robust debate but we should try to conduct those robust debates in a civilised and respectful way.

“None of us in this chamber live up to than on all occasions but all of us should try harder to do so because our democracy and the people we serve deserve no less.”

No arrests have been made but Police Scotland said they are treating the incident as suspicious and explained that their investigations are continuing.

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