Cameron 'will work with anyone' to preserve union

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Tory leader David Cameron today warned Scotland's First Minister the SNP's Alex Salmond not to assume the election of a Conservative government would fuel demands for Scottish independence.

Mr Cameron pledged to work "with anyone in Scotland" who wanted to preserve the Union.

The Conservative leader has already said he would be in favour of Tory ministers from Westminster appearing before Holyrood committees "if that was appropriate".

He told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme today: "I want to win the next election outright.

"I recognise that even if in doing that we don't have a majority in Scotland I will work with anyone in Scotland, whoever the First Minister is, whoever wants to keep the Union together, to make sure that the Government in Westminster governs in the interests of the whole of the United Kingdom."

Tories at present have only one Scottish MP but Mr Cameron denied that his party would lack authority in Scotland if the same applied after the next election.

"That's exactly the reason why I have said what I've said," he added.

"I believe most people in Scotland want to keep the United Kingdom together.

"If Alex Salmond thinks the election of a Conservative government will help him break up the Union, he's got another thing coming.

"I would work with anyone who wants to keep the Union together."