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The millionaire businessman who has admitted he was the mystery benefactor who donated a Rolls-Royce to Glasgow City Council said he was surprised by the furore it had caused.Boyd Tunnock, 84, boss of the eponymous confectionary firm that makes Tunnock’s Teacakes and Caramel Wafers, said he wanted the gift of his luxury car to be a “good thing”.But politicians criticised the move, with one Labour MP claiming it was“Dickensian” to have Lord Provost Eva Bolander – the first SNP politician to hold the post – driven around in a Rolls-Royce while local services were cut by “SNP austerity”.Mr Tunnok, who backed the Union in the 2014 independence referendum, said: “I have to say I’ve been a bit surprised by the reaction to this.All sorts of important people come to Glasgow and I thought it would be right to give them a nice experience.”Glasgow always had a Rolls Royce and I was able to give mine to the city so I thought, why not? boyd tunnock “I really wanted this to be a good thing, but I didn’t want any credit for it so I asked the city to keep my name quiet, but I’m quite happy for people to know it’s me.” The Rolls-Royce Ghost, with a new price of around pounds230,000, is meant to replace one of the council’s fleet of Volkswagen Phaetons, and the authority said the gift would save it money.The car, bearing the council’s unique “G0” number-plate, will be used by the Lord Provost and other city representatives for civic duties as well as VIPs needing transportation.However, Ms Bolander used one of the VWs on Thursday to get to the reopening of the Willow Tea Rooms building in the city centre.Paul Sweeney, the MP who said it was like something out of Dickens, tweeted earlier this week: ”Nursery fees doubled and free swimming for kids the latest cuts. Auction it off to fund services for Glaswegians.”A spokesman for the local authority said: “It would clearly not be appropriate to buy a car such as this but having received it as a donation there will be occasions when it is appropriate to use it.”When she accepted the two-year-old vehicle on Tuesday, Ms Bolander said she it was a “show-stopping car and a tremendous asset”. Boyd Tunnock at the re-opening of the Willow Tea Rooms, designed by Charles Rennie MackintoshCredit:Wattie Cheung Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more