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Ken Clarke: Scottish Tory manifesto 'to strike chord'

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Ken Clarke on the election trail for the Tories in Perth

Former Tory chancellor Ken Clarke has said his party's Scottish election manifesto will "strike a chord with voters" when it is unveiled next week.

Campaigning in Scotland, he said the Tories had the ideas to lead the country out of recession, while Labour was stuck in the past.

Mr Clarke accused the SNP of failing to take the 6 May election seriously.

The Conservatives, who won one Scottish seat in the 2005 election, have set a target to return 11 MPs this time.

Speaking in one of the target constituencies, Perth and North Perthshire, Mr Clarke, the Tory business spokesman, said: "Imagine what a Westminster Conservative government could achieve for Scotland.

"We will dismantle Labour's tax on jobs, we will tackle Labour's debt, we will fight to restore trust in politics and we will tackle our broken society.

"Over the next few days, my colleagues here will outline our manifesto for Scotland - a programme that will strike a chord with voters the length and breadth of the land."



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