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Thursday, 31 May, 2001, 19:28 GMT 20:28 UK
Lib Dem candidate shot
Chic Brodie
Mr Brodie was campaigning in Greenock
An election candidate has been shot with what police believe was an air gun pellet during a campaign visit to Greenock.

Chic Brodie, 57, is standing for the Liberal Democrats in the Greenock and Inverclyde seat.

He suffered minor injuries to his hand in the incident in the town's Antigua Street.

Police inquiries into the incident are continuing.


My policies have been shot at before, but I have never been shot at

Chic Brodie
Mr Brodie said he had been giving an interview to the local newspaper, the Greenock Telegraph, when he was struck by the pellet.

"I heard a whoosh and I felt a pain in my hand," he said.

"We all hit the deck and for the first 10 seconds we looked at each other, and I said 'God, I've been shot'.

"It was like a scene from Beirut."

Mr Brodie was given an x-ray at Inverclyde Royal Hospital and treated for shock before being released.

He was with a reporter and photographer from the Greenock Telegraph, former Liberal Democrat councillor Bill Denny and current Inverclyde Liberal Democrat councillor Ciana Rebecchi at the time of the incident.

Chick Brodie
Mr Brodie was taken to hospital
The father-of-three was in the area to discuss the lack of caretaking facilities.

Mr Brodie said he did not think the attack was politically motivated.

But he added: "I suspect it was simply carried out by an individual who was disenchanted and saw my rosette as an inflammatory signal.

"My policies have been shot at before, but I have never been shot at."

Mr Brodie joined the Liberal party in 1966 and has stood as a general election candidate six times.

He stood aside as the Liberal candidate in a by-election for the Glasgow Hillhead seat in 1982 to allow Roy Jenkins to win the seat for the Liberal/ SDP Alliance.

The other candidates standing in Greenock and Inverclyde are:

  • David Cairns, Labour

  • Alistair Haw, Conservative

  • David Landels, Scottish Socialist Party

  • Andrew Murie, Scottish National Party.
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