SCOTLAND in Union is an “extremist” organisation, a former employee of the anti-independence campaign group has claimed.

Joe McCauley, a former volunteer co-ordinator also criticised Allan Sutherland, a regional organiser with the group, for his “outdated” views on same-sex marriage and climate change.

In a scathing post shared online, McCauley said: “One of my former colleagues supported a local authority’s decision not to fly the Pride flag. The same colleague also describes equality and climate change as non-issues. Sadly, he holds many outdated values, but he continues to be the representative for the organisation at public events.

“I’m very angry that Scotland in Union allows this to continue.

“This culture of extremism was one of the reasons that forced me to leave the organisation recently.”

A spokesman for Scotland in Union said: “These comments from a former employee are vigorously denied. Scotland in Union is a proud supporter of equality. We represent all those in Scotland who know that we are better off as part of the United Kingdom.”

It’s understood Sutherland, who last organised an event two weeks ago, no longer works for Scotland in Union.

He did not respond to The National’s requests for a comment.