Links between the Labour Party and the developer of the controversial Caltongate project in Edinburgh have come under renewed scrutiny following the disclosure that the company, Mountgrange, made a £4,000 donation for a champagne reception at a Scottish Labour Party fund-raising dinner.
The company’s decision to sponsor the event was called “unwise” by Margo MacDonald, the independent MSP for the Lothians, while Ewan Aitken, the leader of the Labour group in Edinburgh City Council, accepted that his party’s association with Mountgrange had harmed “perception” of Labour.
The £300 million Caltongate project in Edinburgh’s Old Town has has been opposed by conservationists, but was supported by some members of the former Labour administration.
Meanwhile, Mr Anderson who was then still councillor for Kaimes in Edinburgh - said that he had attended the dinner but had only become aware of the Mountgrange sponsorship during the vote of thanks.
Mountgrange Chief Executive Manish Chande wheeling a fibreglass "Brave Heart Cow" through Princes Street Gardens which is Common Good Land which belongs to the people of Scotland. So, no, Manish, you cannot buy it.
This ridiculous as well as insulting spectacle was to launch his assault on the capital, with all that money can sponsor can buy you anything? The company`s name was on a majority of the cows throughout the capital, including this one that was placed opposite the City Chambers! Speaks volumes.