Former Orange Order leader to stand for Scottish Labour at council elections
He was the most senior orange man in the world from 2015 to 2018.
The SNP accused Labour of opening its doors to the ex-leader of a “deeply divisive organisation”.
The Orange Order's website says it is “the oldest and biggest Protestant fraternity in Scotland”, adding: “We are an organisation of people bonded together to promote the ideals of our faith.”
However, it has faced accusations of being anti-Catholic.
Mr Dunbar told The Herald the Labour Party was “all about equality and fairness”.
He said: “If I’m fortunate to be elected for the Scottish Labour Party, all constituents will be the same to me. At the end of the day, I will support all the constituents.
“Nothing else comes into it. It’s all about supporting the communities. I don’t see why the Orange Order should come into it.”
An SNP spokesperson said: "Anas Sarwar claims to promote tolerance in politics, but in desperation for council candidates, Scottish Labour has opened its doors to the ex-leader of a deeply divisive organisation.”
A Scottish Labour spokesman said: “All of Scottish Labour’s candidates have promised to reflect and uphold the party’s aims and values as a tolerant, open and democratic party for the people of Scotland.
"Mr Dunbar will be held to the same high standard as all Labour candidates across Scotland.”
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