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ref date:28 Feb 1999 (SI)
Senior figure in Scottish labour says Blair should NOT oppose Scots Independence

John McAllion, a labour man for many years has said that Tony Blair should NOT try to align labour against moves towards Scottish independence

McAllion asked that Blair should instead abandon his "unionist hostility towards nationalism" and adopt "a much more positive attitude towards Scottish identity".

He also said "Nationalism is here to stay, and Labour must learn to live with it. We cannot always be knocking Scottish nationalism - this only makes us appear to be anti-Scottish."

McAllion is to stand as deputy leader of the Labour party, but given how much hatred Blair has displayed towards the idea of Scotland returning to its state of full independence, is Mr McAllion being used as a stalking horse - or to lend credibility to the labour party who are pro-Westminster and most certainly anti-Scottish.