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Alexander Defends Scotland Office Role

Magazine article Public Finance

Alexander Defends Scotland Office Role

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New Scottish Secretary Danny Alexander has denied claims that bis party has done a U-turn and abandoned its opposition to the Scotland Office.

The Liberal Democrat MP, whose party made a preelection call for the abolition of the ministry, described his post as 'significant'. He stressed that it was needed to maintain the spirit of co-operation between Scottish and UK ministers.

The Scottish LibDems had previously said that abolishing the post was a 'job waiting to be done'.

Former Labour Scotland Office minister David Cairns said Alexander's views and principles had suddenly changed. He added: 'In the space of five days, he has gone from chief critic of the Conservatives to David Cameron's spokesman in Scotland, occupying office in a ministry he wanted to abolish.'

Stewart Hosie, campaign co-ordinator for the Scottish National Party's election campaign, said: 'Danny Alexander will have to show great dexterity in a post he wants to see abolished. …

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