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Ersed off

Prominent SNP supporter Gavin Roberts put on a brave front following his defeat by Aileen Barrie in the election to become North Lanarkshire president of the Educational Institute of Scotland.

At the annual business meeting, Roberts wore a Proclaimers T-shirt emblazoned with the word "Persevere" to indicate that he remained bloody but unbowed.

Unfortunately this lofty sentiment was somewhat spoilt when he appeared at the microphone wearing a Corries-style leather waistcoat which obscured the first letter and the last four of the message on his chest.

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