Aberdeen election candidate says she refuses to ‘point fingers’ after posters ripped down

Fiona Kennedy

A candidate in the race for the University of Aberdeen’s ancient rector position has said allegations of posters being ripped down was “extremely disappointing”, but refused to “point fingers”.

Fiona Kennedy OBE, a singer, actress and broadcaster, said if she was elected, she would re-open mothballed parts of Marischal College still owned by the university, support EU students and campaign for more affordable housing.

Ms Kennedy said: “(The posters missing) was extremely disappointing, it’s not what’s supposed to happen in democratic elections. I don’t want to point fingers at any side, I think tempers flared a bit.”

In December, the contest was abandoned after a dozen complaints about “campaign irregularities” – understood to include hundreds of posters going missing. Allegations surfaced about a dirty tricks campaign by supporters of Maggie Chapman, but this was dismissed with Chapman supporters saying they had come down in bad weather. Other candidates running are Ms Chapman, co-convener of the Scottish Green party, student Angus Hepburn, student Israr Khan and lawyer James Steel.

The results will be announced on Thursday.