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ref date:18 Jan 1998 (WBA)
more labour election sleaze

Labours sleaze reached a new level today when a non labour party member was allowed to sit and pick prospective Labour party candidates who will tow the London line and continue to subdue Scottish interests.

Nigel Smith, a businessman from Glasgow, accepted the job.

Mike Russell, the SNP's chief executive, said: "Those of us who have admired the role Nigel Smith has played in the constitutional campaign find it surprising that he has chosen to prop up the crumbling edifice of Labour's credibility rather than seek to take part in the parliament to express some of the business concerns that at one time he seemed keen on."