A woman was kicked out of a Holyrood debate about transgender rights because her scarf in suffragette colours was deemed unacceptable by parliament staff.
The member of the public who had to leave the public gallery blamed Nicola Sturgeon for “striking fear” into society by suggesting that feminist opposition to her transgender reforms was “unacceptable”.
She was removed from the meeting of Holyrood’s equalities committee on Tuesday morning, because she refused to take off her purple, white and green white striped scarf – the colours associated with the early 20th century campaign for women’s votes.
The woman said she had eventually been told by parliament staff that her scarf had been deemed unacceptable because it was “associated with a political movement”.
However, two of the MSPs on the committee, and other parliament staffers, attended the hearing wearing rainbow lanyards, which have been adopted by trans rights activists. They were not asked to leave.