ref date:3 Oct 2000 (WBA)
SNP set to win by election
Dennis Canavan, a Labour MP for 25 years turned his back on his party
since it has become the 'New Tories'. Dennis stood as an independent and
now gives up his seat in Westminster forcing a by-election in his old
constituency of Falkirk West.
The SNP are likely not only to win this seat, but use it to highlight
the degree to which the labour executive of the Scottish parliament
does as Tony Blair and Labours central office in Millbank London tells it.
Canavan said "Yes, I am a unionist, a
trade unionist. I don't lose any sleep about the possibility of
Scotland becoming an independent nation state, provided the people
are not bounced into it."
He went on to say "There should be a healthy debate. If you believe, as I do, in the
sovereignty of the people of Scotland, then it is up to them to