AN accountant and campaigner has been charged under the Malicious Communications Act for tweets published in 2019 and 2020.

Marion Millar, a well-known feminist activist and former SNP member, recently revealed that she had been told to report to a police station over complaints she tweeted “homophobic and transphobic” posts.

Millar, from Airdrie, has been described by friends as “upset” that police are pressing charges. The tweet, or tweets, in question have not been made public.

The 50-year-old owns an accountancy business and works with women’s group For Women Scotland – which was established to campaign on sex-based rights issues they fear would be threatened by reform of the GRA and the Hate Crime Bill.

The charge is not under the new bill, as it is yet to be passed into law.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: "A 50-year-old woman was arrested and charged in connection with online communications offences. She has been released on an undertaking to appear at court at a later date. A report will be sent to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service."

Fellow campaigners were waiting outside Coatbridge police station following Millar’s interview. She could face two years in prison if convicted.

Marion Calder, of For Women Scotland, said the past few weeks had been a "nightmare" for Millar and her family.

“Marion is very grateful for the support and would like to thank those who have stood by her,” she told the group.

Millar will appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on July 20.