Tory MSP: Cameron thinks we’re an “irrelevance” and are “just not on his radar”

An unnamed Conservative MSP has told the Herald the Scottish Conservatives do not feature on David Cameron’s radar.

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An unnamed Conservative MSP has told the Herald the Scottish Conservatives do not feature on David Cameron’s radar after he seemingly undermined the party’s leader at Holyrood over a date for the referendum on independence.

Ruth-Davidson-David-CameronWith Ruth Davidson MSP having been fiercely loyal in calling for a vote as soon as possible, on Tuesday evening the prime minister used a reception at the Scotland Office in London to state he was now “not fussed” about the date.

The development has led some Conservatives in Scotland to accuse Cameron of hanging Davidson out to dry.

Whilst Davidson herself has publicly remained loyal to the PM, in private Conservative colleagues have expressed concerns.

The Herald quotes what it describes as a “senior” Tory MSP as saying:

“The real significance of this is David Cameron clearly doesn’t think he has done anything wrong because the Scottish Tories are such an irrelevance we are just not on his radar. This was not wilful or deliberate or even careless.

“It just showed it did not occur to him the view of the Scottish party or its leader might even matter.”

He goes on this morning to quote another as declaring:

“There is absolutely no communication from London. It’s ridiculous. Even the Liberal Democrats are better at this.”

The unease at the prime minister’s posturing comes just two months after he seemingly undermined Davidson by hinting at further powers for the Scottish Parliament despite her objections to it.

 


See also:

The Tories in Scotland: A tale of two parties 20 Mar 2012


 

With Lib Dem Scottish secretary, Michael Moore, arguing the date of a referendum need not be a “barrier to an agreement” between Westminster and Holyrood, the SNP have seized upon the latest u-turning.

Pete Wishart MP, the party’s spokesman on the Constitution at Westminster, declared:

David Cameron’s cave-in on the date of the referendum left the Scottish Secretary and indeed his own Scottish leader looking very silly – and Michael Moore has now fallen into line.

“The Westminster government’s insistence the referendum had to be in 2013 was clearly all a big act.

“Only last month Michael Moore was warning about waiting until 2014. He is left looking very silly, as his Tory warnings over the date are exposed as a sham.

“Where does the prime minister’s ‘Dover Declaration’ leave the Scottish Tories? Ruth Davidson has been undermined again by David Cameron.”

 


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24 Responses to “Tory MSP: Cameron thinks we’re an “irrelevance” and are “just not on his radar””

  1. keith ferguson

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  12. uglyfatbloke

    The unnamed tory is correct; the Scottish Conservatives are an irrelvance, but not just to Cameron. If it was n’t for funding from the UK tory party, the SCUA would have died a natural death years ago, and theprospects for the Scottish Lib-Dems is no better. Moore must be aware that his own career as an MP is far from secure.
    As for the referendum date, Cameron is simply accepting the inevitable. SInce the tories have always been opposed to having a referendum at all, it’s hardly realistic for them to want to set the rules. They have one Scottish MP and they only have a handful of MSPs because of PR. In any case, the Council of Europe – which is where devolution was really pushed through in the first place – was never going to accept that a party with such a trivial degree of support in Scotland should make the decision about when a referendum should take place and who should administer it.

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  14. Paul Monaghan

    Senior Tory MSP says Scottish Conservatives are an "irrelevance" to David Cameron. The "Union" dividend! http://t.co/WoBN8DsV #VoteYes

  15. David Wilson

    Senior Tory MSP says Scottish Conservatives are an "irrelevance" to David Cameron. The "Union" dividend! http://t.co/WoBN8DsV #VoteYes

  16. Angus MacFergus

    Senior Tory MSP says Scottish Conservatives are an "irrelevance" to David Cameron. The "Union" dividend! http://t.co/WoBN8DsV #VoteYes

  17. thesmallwhitebear

    “Only last month Michael Moore was warning about waiting until 2014. He is left looking very silly" : PeteWishart http://t.co/5S5ZjyNP

  18. thesmallwhitebear

    Tory MSP: Cameron thinks we’re an “irrelevance” and are “just not on his radar” http://t.co/5S5ZjyNP

  19. thesmallwhitebear

    The development has led some Conservatives in Scotland to accuse Cameron of hanging Davidson out to dry. http://t.co/5S5ZjyNP

  20. Jennifer Taylor

    The development has led some Conservatives in Scotland to accuse Cameron of hanging Davidson out to dry. http://t.co/5S5ZjyNP

  21. bill power

    David Cameron is right to say what he said. The Scottish Tories ARE an irrelevance. http://t.co/Ge5HN5zC

  22. Charles O'Brien

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  23. City Of Stirling SNP

    Senior Tory MSP says Scottish Conservatives are an "irrelevance" to David Cameron. The "Union" dividend! http://t.co/WoBN8DsV #VoteYes

  24. Charles Patrick O'Brien

    Why so much attention to a minority party that is shrinking? Now the Greens are on the up and will outstrip the Toxic Tories before the end of next year.
    Now I also heard that there are more Scottish Tories wanting independence than not.The reason being is that with independence they have a chance to save their party,which begs the question,do they think more of their party than of the country?

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