An north-east MSP last night said Aberdeen City Council had “questions to answer” over its handling of the use of local authority property during the referendum campaign.
Aberdeen Donside SNP member Mark McDonald argued that Prime Minister David Cameron appeared to have been given “different treatment” to Yes Scotland.
The pro-independence group was denied access to the council-owned Mastrick Community Centre at short notice after planning to hold a public meeting earlier this month.
The Scottish Conservatives hosted Mr Cameron at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, which is also owned by the local authority.
Mr McDonald said: “I think there are questions that need to be asked around how the council have handled the use of venues during this campaign.
“Yes Scotland were told with a few hours notice that they were unable to hold a meeting in Mastrick Community Centre which is owned by the council.
“Yet it appears that the Prime Minister was allowed to hold a rally, in the last week of the campaign, on council property. This surely raises questions about whether one side is getting different treatment.”
The council’s finance convener Willie Young said the AECC was run by a board which had councillors, including the SNP member David Cameron, corr among its members.
Mr Young said: “These are matters for the returning officer, not for us. We know nothing about what bookings were taken. The rules of any election are that we do not interfere in the process. We have every faith in the judgement of the returning officer, Angela Scott.”