Scottish Tories rescind job offer to man who 'invented' parts of CV

An offer was made to Craig Paterson to become the party's new head of research.

Scottish Conservatives revoke head of research job offer to man who ‘invented’ parts of CV STV News

A man accused of inventing parts of his CV has had a job offer from the Scottish Conservatives withdrawn.

In an email to staff last week, Craig Paterson was named as the party’s new head of research and would have been a senior aid to the Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross.

Paterson was said to have been a “senior political adviser” to Jim Murphy, the former Scottish Labour leader.

He was also described as “having once been a key part of Scottish Labour’s operations”.

However, Murphy responded that he had “never knowingly met this guy let alone employed him in any role, ever.”

The former Scottish secretary added: “A bizarre fantasy from the Scottish Tories”.

The story was first reported in the Times newspaper.

In a statement, a Scottish Conservative Party spokesman said: “We will no longer be hiring this person after new information came to light.”

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