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Scots Better Together campaign red-faced after TV ad blunder featuring BNP tweeter

The Scots pro-union Better Together campaign was left red-faced on Monday after a TV advert was broadcast featuring Yvonne Hama – the woman whose views they’d branded "completely unacceptable" only hours earlier.

Better Together distanced itself from Hama after publishing – and quickly removing – a blog post authored by her on Sunday on why she would be voting No to Scottish independence. It emerged within hours of the blog post going up that Hama’s Twitter account displayed retweets of former BNP leader Nick Griffin and a tweet to Scottish deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon implying SNP politicians were Nazis.

The Better Together campaign issued a statement saying Hama’s views were “completely unacceptable” on Monday, but just hours later Hama appeared three times in a TV ad for Better Together on BBC Scotland.

A spokesman for Better Together told The Drum: “The advert had to be submitted by Friday in order to be broadcast. After then there was nothing further we could do about it.”

Better Together first published Hama's blog on 17 August.

However, it was then taken down after social media users uncovered tweets on her account that the Better Together campaign later branded unacceptable.