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ref date:6 Sep 2000 (WBA)
Reids stunt shows how Labour is for LONDON not Scotland

John Reid is an elected MP from ENGLANDS parliament in Westminster, he turned up to make fun of the Tory parties manifesto launch instead of appearing before a Scottish "Parliamentary" committee.

SNP leader Alex Salmond said: "Under John Reid, the office of Secretary of State for Scotland has been reduced to Tony Blair's message boy being sent to picket a Tory Party press conference instead of being answerable to the Scottish people. It is huge snub to the Scottish Parliament, but his sense of priority exposes him as a politician who is Blair's puppet in London and not Scotland's representative in the Cabinet."