LETTER:Labour's plans for Scotland

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From Mr Andrew Mitchell

Sir: Thank goodness for Malcolm Rifkind's sensible words about Scottish devolution yesterday ("Major and Rifkind at odds over Scotland", 13 May), the first we have heard from a senior Tory. John Major's blind opposition to Scotland's evident wishes is an inadequate response which leaves the field vacant for Labour and the Scottish Nationalists.

Labour's plans cannot go unchallenged - they promote pride in national unity for Scotland while seeking to fragment England, they propose a Scottish parliament specifically to exclude English MPs from influence in Scotland, while England's Parliament is to be diluted with as many Scottish (let's face it, Scottish Labour!) MPs as possible.

England is the heart of the Union and deserves better.

Yours sincerely,



12 May