Holyrood hopeful Gail Casey, who represents Clydebank Waterfront, has been selected to run for the Clydebank and Milngavie constituency in 2016.

Ms Casey was selected ahead of Glasgow MSP Anne McTaggart and Alison Dowling at a Labour Party meeting last week, with Glasgow councillor Bill Butler chosen to fight Labour’s corner in Anniesland ahead of former MSP Des McNulty.

But no sooner had Ms Casey secured the nomination than a row erupted over a tweet said to have been posted from Ms Casey’s account directing followers to a previously published report containing details about Ms Taggart’s private life.

It’s understood the offending tweet was posted in advance of the key vote but it has since been removed.

Speaking to the Post this week, Ms Casey, who has been a Clydebank councillor for 11 years, refused to comment on the Twitter allegations but expressed her delight at winning the nomination.

She said: “It was a really good campaign and I must have chapped just about every door in both constituencies. I have been a Clydebank councillor for 11 years and during that time I have been involved in three election victories for Labour. I am delighted to have won the nomination and I am looking forward to fighting for the best interests of Clydebank.” Although Ms McTaggart had notable Labour figures backing her campaign, including MP John Robertson and former Glasgow City council leader Steven Purcell, Cllr Casey secured a resounding victory, taking 119 votes against 49 for McTaggart and 31 for Dowling.

The Post attempted to contact Ms McTaggart but she did not return our calls before the paper went to print.

However, after the vote Ms McTaggart took to Twitter herself to express her disappointment at the outcome.