It followed the opening of Mr Hainey’s new business in Ayr’s North Harbour, to which he had invited Tory MSP Sharon Dowey.
Ian McPherson, a staffer for Westminster MP Allan Dorans, admitted making a “terrible error of judgement” in his call to Ayr painter Craig Hainey.
He then claims to have received a call from McPherson asking why Ayr MSP Siobhian Brown had not been asked along instead.
The SNP worker this week admitted making the call and said he had been “trying to clear up confusion between list MSPs and MSPs”.
Mr Hainey, who has opened Pro Paints, claims McPherson warned him: “I hope this doesn’t affect your business”.
He also admitted offering Mr Hainey £50 after the Ayrshire Post had got in touch over the allegations.
But McPherson insisted: “I went into the shop to speak to Craig and apologise.
“I am really, really sorry. I wanted to go in and explain that I am struggling right now with a difficult situation.
Pro Paints boss Craig Hainey (Image: Submitted/Ayrshire Post) “I offered £50 to put to a charity of his choice.
“I explained why I called, I just wanted to clear up the confusion between the difference between list MSPs and MSPs. “There was no ill feeling intended, we need new businesses.
“I just felt that a new business in Ayr should have the MSP for Ayr at the opening. Ian McPherson has previously stood for election to South Ayrshire Council (Image: Ayrshire Post)
“I wanted to (as a member of the public) point that out. I completely regret everything. “It was a terrible error of judgement, I really do wish Craig all the success with his shop.”
Paint shop boss Craig had told the Ayrshire Post how he received the call from McPherson after the newspaper covered the shop’s official opening. Read More Related Articles