A GLASGOW politician has said loyalist organisations being allowed to march past Catholic churches has "gone on too long".

Labour MSP Pauline McNeill has called for a cross party effort from political parties to work together and agree routes with the Orange Order which do not pass such places of worship.

The statement comes in the midst of two protests in a week, with lodges parading past two catholic churches in the city's East End.

Ms McNeill said: "Such routes are seen as designed to intimidate and antagonise.

"I’m at a loss to understand why local authorities cannot agree marching routes with the Orange Order which do not pass a Catholic church.

"Political parties need to work together and call this out for what it is and work with all communities to foster good relations as understanding.”

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Organised by campaign group Call It Out, a silent demonstration was held outside of St Mary's in Calton at the weekend, with another protest planned at St Alphonsus' Church on Saturday.

Throughout May, June and July, a further six parades past Catholic churches in Glasgow have been planned by loyal order groups.

Members of the Call It Out group have said they will continue to protest, with Scotland's largest loyalist group accusing them of causing "sectarian divisions on the streets of Glasgow".

A Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland spokesperson said: “The Orange Order and our parades are pro-Protestant, and not anti-Catholic as suggested.

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“If anti-Protestant protestors wish to turn up and cause sectarian divisions on the streets of Glasgow, that is a matter for them.”

After around 100 protestors turned out at St Mary's on Saturday, organisers within the Call It Out movement have said the Orange Order are "marching their hatred past out churches".

They have said silent protests will continue for now, but claim their increasing size could force police to step in, with dozens of officers present last week.

A spokeswoman for Call It Out said: "We want trade unions, political parties and all progressive organisations to stand with us. We genuinely would not need to ask as any other minority group.

"We will be seeking meetings looking for support and our protests will continue.

"If this tactic does not work we will look at others. Why should we have to put up with this?"