A former Labour minister who was the founding editor of an award-winning weekly newspaper has been sacked as a columnist in a row over freedom of speech.

Brian Wilson, who served in the energy brief under Tony Blair and has written for the Skye-based West Highland Free Press for most of its 43-year history, was dismissed after coming to the defence of fellow columnist Donald Macleod, a Free Church professor of theology.

Mr Macleod's last column, which referenced North Africa migrants and the spread of the Islamic faith in the UK, appeared in West Highland Free Press on May 22.

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