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ref date:13 Mar 2001 (WBA)
Labours sour grape attitude in Scotland

David Steel, acting as presiding officer, cast his vote and broke the ruling Labour (London controlled) executive decision to cast aside as GOOD deal for Scotlands fisherman. Now Labour is sulking saying Steel should not have done this, and now Labour wants the presiding officer role to be an impotent figurehead (like the parliament itself really!)

One Labour Scottish MP said "We have been waiting for a long time to get Steel and we must take advantage of this situation. It is untenable to have the presiding officer taking a decision which commits the government to spending resources".