Letter: Football injury

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Sir: Most politicians develop an armour with which to repulse the slings and arrows of media comment. But we all have our Achilles heel, and yesterday's Diary column unerringly located mine.

Referring to my footballing allegiance, it described me as 'supporting Dundee'. What calumny] You might have characterised me less woundingly as a little Englander, or a child molester, or a Tory of the 'bastard' variety.

On pain of litigation, do the decent thing and set the record straight - by Saturday - lest I be thrust naked into the court which is Tannadice Park, home of my abiding passion, Dundee United

Yours faithfully,


MP for Glasgow Central (Lab)

House of Commons

London SW1

17 March