barton-460x380A statement from Graham Barton on the whole Labour for Independence ‘story’:

“The photograph that was used in the article written by Euan McColm  entitled ‘Labour for independence, really?’ which was published on Think Scotland was taken by myself on the afternoon of 15th of December 2012.

The photograph shows five people standing at the side of a gazebo which has a Labour for Independence banner tied onto it.

Euan McColm claims that this photograph is evidence that Labour for Independence are nothing but an SNP front.
His claims are based on the fact that four of the people in the photograph have connections with the SNP. This is indeed factual information.

Unfortunately for Mr McColm this is the only factual part of his article.

The gazebo in the picture is in fact a Yes East Ayrshire campaign stall. Yes East Ayrshire hold a stall in Kilmarnock town centre every third weekend of the month, alongside the local farmers market.

We had contacted Alex Bell from Labour for Independence and invited LFI to attend our stall for a bit of joint campaigning. He accepted this invitation and intimated he would attend the stall at some point during the day.

The Yes East Ayrshire stall was set up at around 10 a.m. by myself and three of the Yes Scotland volunteers that appear in the McColm photograph. When we are campaigning for Yes Scotland we wear our  T-shirts with the ‘Yes’ logo. I posted a photograph of the stall after it was set up on twitter and it can also be viewed on Wings Over Scotland website in the article ‘Running Scared’

This photograph clearly shows that this is a YES Scotland stall and manned by the same volunteers that Euan McColm claims are fronting for LFI.

Alex Bell turned up at the stall in the afternoon to represent LFI. We tied the LFI banner onto the side of our gazebo to highlight the fact that LFI were in attendance at the stall.

We had a very productive day and decided that a photograph was required to celebrate the Yes East Ayrshire/ LFI joint campaign day. This photograph was tweeted by myself with the comment “Big Thanks to @labourforindy for attending today’s Yes East Ayrshire stall”.

I also gave the photograph to Alex Bell who posted it on the LFI facebook page. Again with a comment clearly stating LFI were campaigning alongside Yes East Ayrshire.

How Euan McColm managed to conclude that LFI are an SNP front from that photograph is mind-boggling. The comments with the photograph, the Yes Scotland stall and T-shirts with large YES logo’s on would have alerted any competent journalist.

Yes East Ayrshire look forward to campaigning alongside LFI in the future to help secure a YES vote on the 18th of September 2014.”