SCOTTISH Secretary Alister Jack has been criticised for ducking the media on a trip to Glasgow.

The Tory MP for Dumfries and Galloway is understood to have visited a university in the city on Tuesday – but kept his visit private.

No details of his trip to Scotland’s largest city were trailed by his office and no journalists were invited to grill the minister on his responsibilities – at a time when they have been thrown into the limelight amid increasingly frequent rows between the country’s two governments.

He is understood to have visited an “innovation zone” at one of Glasgow’s universities – but the Scotland Office failed to say which one when approached on Monday night for details.

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Alba Party general secretary Chris McEleny said: “Union Jack seems too scared to come to Glasgow and take questions from the media. Here’s the bird that never flew. Here’s the tree that never grew. Here’s the bell that never rang. Here’s the fish that never swam. And here’s to the minister that never spoke.”

Scotland Office minister John Lamont began a five-day tour of the west of Scotland on Monday, starting in Cruachan Power Station, near Dalmally in Argyll.

Lamont will also visit a salmon hatchery in Oban, a cheesemakers in Mull, the Lochranza Country Inn in Arran and an environmental group in the island and an industrial estate in Irvine, among others.

Jack was pictured with the Prime Minister during his trip to Aberdeenshire on Monday. 

The Scotland Office declined to comment when approached by The National.