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Scottish Sun not backing Tories

David Dinsmore: "The Sun in Scotland doesn't get into bed with anyone"

The editor of the Scottish Sun has said he is "yet to be convinced" that the Tories are the best party for Scotland.

In England and Wales, the popular tabloid newspaper has signalled a shift in support from Labour, which it has backed since 1997, to the Tories.

Scottish Sun editor David Dinsmore said he could no longer offer his support to the Labour government.

But he said Tory leader David Cameron needed to show more evidence of his commitment to Scotland.

Kick start

The Sun's declaration that it would support the Conservatives at the next election came hours after Prime Minister Gordon Brown told the Labour conference speech his party was "not done yet".

The Sun's political editor George Pascoe-Watson said Mr Brown had "failed to convince us he was the right man for the country".

He said the paper believed the Tory leader had "the vision, the energy, the drive, the ideas to take the country forward".

brian taylor
Brian Taylor
Political editor

The Scottish Sun has wrestled with its political stance before.

As I recall, it flirted relatively briefly with support for independence, presumably as a counterpoint to the Labour-loyal Daily Record.

Now it appears caught between the overall abandonment of Labour and the lack of an obvious alternative.

Not the Conservatives: today's Scottish edition of the paper says that suspicion of the Tories "runs way deeper" than the newly-stated distrust of Labour.

Not, it would seem, the SNP: that same Scottish edition declares continuing support for the Union.

The editor of the Scottish Sun said much of Mr Brown's speech "had no bearing on Scotland".

Mr Dinsmore said: "We gave Labour one last chance at the 2005 election and they failed to take that."

However, he added that he was not convinced the Conservatives, who have just one MP north of the border, were the right party for Scotland.

Mr Dinsmore said: "The big question is, 'what is David Cameron going to do for Scotland?'.

"I think we need to hear about what he is going to do for the economy up here, what he is going to do about the constitutional question."

He said the paper was "very much" for the Union and he could not see it backing the Scottish National Party.

The Scottish Sun editor said he wanted to "kick start" a debate in Scotland.

"In all likelihood Scotland will vote for more Labour MPs than any other party but we can't just hide under the duvet and say 'ok, we are going to have five or 10 years of Tory rule and it is nothing to do with us," he said.

"So I think that is a debate we have got to get started."



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