SCOTLAND in Union have distanced themselves from a far-right activist who previously worked with them to campaign against a second independence referendum.

A picture on the group’s Facebook page, taken in February 2016, showed Max Dunbar, former treasurer of the BNP, and current treasurer of splinter group, the Britannica party, outside Glasgow Central Station handing out Scotland in Union leaflets.

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Another photo, taken in the November of that year, described him as part of their “Fife team” during a event in St Andrews.

An SNP spokesperson told The National they found the picture “deeply disturbing”.

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They added: “Scotland in Union must explain what action they’ve taken to prevent this happening again. These views cannot and will not be tolerated – they have no place in modern Scotland.”

A spokesman for Scotland in Union made clear that they took action as soon as they became aware of Dunbar’s links to the far right.

He said: “This old photo was taken nearly three years ago. At the time, nobody in the organisation was aware of this individual’s past, but when this came to light he was immediately banned from any association with Scotland in Union.

“We will take no lessons on this from the SNP, which has repeatedly found itself in situations where the reprehensible views of its members have come to light. We trust it will now withdraw these remarks.”

The group deleted the photos of Dunbar on their Facebook page yesterday afternoon, after being contacted by The National.

According to accounts filed with the Electoral Commission, Dunbar is still the treasurer of Britannica, the anti-immigration, anti-homosexuality, far-right party.

It was first registered in August 2011, and is led by Charlie Baillie, who is the former organiser of the BNP in Glasgow.

Hope Not Hate said Britannica was “essentially the core of the BNP Glasgow branch under a new name” and formed after a split with Nick Griffin back in 2009.

They stood four candidates in Glasgow Council elections in 2012, performing poorly.

Dunbar, who lives in a £337,000 cottage in Milngavie, is also a frequent attendee at events run by the pro-union A Force For Good, which is organised by the Holocaust denier Alistair McConnachie.