A Christian MP has hit back after a government minister accused him and a colleague of 'poor behaviour' on a recent parliamentary trip to Gibraltar.
David Linden, who speaks openly about his faith and regularly campaigns on behalf of persecuted Christians, was taking part in the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme which gives politicians an insight into military life.
According to the BBC a witness claimed that a number of MPs drank heavily on the trip with the defence secretary suggesting their conduct "risks undermining respect for Parliament".
The SNP, the party to which Linden belongs, has stated that the accusations are false while Linden himself claimed they were part of a "bizarre Tory smear campaign".
Writing on Twitter, he said: "Incredibly disappointed by what appears to be a bizarre Tory smear campaign in the media tonight but I'll leave the politics to others.
"Instead, I'll continue to focus on participating in briefings with service personnel, meetings with local officials, as well as continuing to undertake training exercises and hear first hand from those who serve in the Armed Services here in Gibraltar."