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25 March 2016, 14:55
Lawyers for a pro-union campaigner have begun legal action against MP Natalie McGarry.
Alastair Cameron, who runs Scotland in Union, is pursuing the Glasgow East MP in a defamation action over comments allegedly made on social media.
A statement released by the pro-union campaign group said solicitors acting on his behalf have served a writ on Ms McGarry after receiving "no proper response'' to a previous letter.
Mr Cameron said: "Reluctantly, I have been forced to take this action because of Ms McGarry's failure to respond to my request for an appropriate apology for her offensive and inaccurate comments on Twitter.''
He added: "I am still optimistic that we can resolve this quickly and amicably, and my solicitors await a response from her.
"We look forward to drawing a line under this regrettable incident and moving on from smears and unfounded accusations to a more decent and respectful political discourse in Scotland.''
The MP's lawyer, Aamer Anwar, said: "Having spoken to Ms McGarry this morning, she has confirmed that no writ has been served on her. There will be no further comment.''
Ms McGarry was elected as an SNP MP in 2015, but resigned from the party whip amid a dispute over funding of the pro-independence campaign group Women for Independence.