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POPPYCOCK; Sheridan insults war dead by showing off CND badge on TV.

MAVERICK MSP Tommy Sheridan was at the centre of a Remembrance Day row last night after being accused of trying to use poppies for political gain.

The Scottish Socialist Party leader was accused of insulting the memory of the war dead by wearing a poppy for nuclear disarmament on a TV appearance.

Instead of the traditional red tribute to Britain's fallen heroes, he wore a white poppy.

On the BBC chatshow Elaine, due to be screened tonight, he tells show host Elaine C Smith and fellow guest Germaine Greer that he is wearing the tribute for "the Scottish CND".

But yesterday, furious war veterans branded it "disrepectful" and called for an apology from the outspoken MSP.

Neil Griffiths, Scottish spokesman for the Poppy Appeal, said: "This makes my blood boil. We have Tommy Sheridan using the poppy as a political tool.

"He may go on about peace and harmony but he is using it to publicise CND and for his own agenda."

Sheridan, 37, is a staunch supporter of the anti-nuclear cause and was arrested during a demonstration at Faslane naval base almost two weeks ago.

His arrest on a breach of the peace charge came just days after being cleared of an identical allegation over a demo in February at the Clyde base which is home to the Trident nuclear submarine fleet.

During filming of the chatshow, Germaine Greer asked about his poppy.

Sheridan replied: "Scottish CND produce them.

"It is about remembering people who lost their lives in previous wars but it is also about peace and preventing future wars."

Historically, the white poppy has been associated with the peace movement, calling for an end to conflicts.

The controversy comes just a week after BBC bosses were criticised over a move to ban poppies from the World channel because it broadcasts outside the UK.
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