By a Newsnet reporter
Labour MP Alistair Darling’s planned appearance at the Scottish Conservative Party conference later this week has been ridiculed by the SNP who have claimed that Labour supporters will be “appalled” at the decision.
Reports this weekend confirmed the former Labour Chancellor is to attend an event at the conference where he will appear alongside senior Conservatives as they present a united front in the campaign against Scottish independence.
Mr Darling’s appearance at the conference which Prime Minister David Cameron is also attending, will mark the first time a senior Labour MP has attended a Conservative Party conference. According to an official conference pamphlet, the Conservative party has said, “We’re delighted to welcome Alistair to our conference.”
However the visit by the senior Labour MP has been ridiculed by the SNP who point out that only last week Mr Darling attacked the Tories claiming their economic policies were “utterly mad”.
The visit was defended by the Better Together campaign which Mr Darling heads, and which includes both Labour and the Conservatives along with the Lib Dems. A spokesman for the anti-independence campaign group said: “Keeping Scotland a part of the UK is so important to him that, despite these differences, he is working the other parties to make sure that we win the referendum.”
Commenting on the planned visit, Holyrood Welfare Reform committee member SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing said:
“This is bad news for the No campaign. Many Labour voters will be appalled at the prospect of Alistair Darling going along to the Tory conference to get his instructions.
“The reality is that the No campaign is led by the Tory government at Westminster, which the people of Scotland didn’t vote for and is inflicting cruel cuts on working families and vulnerable people.
“In attending the Tory conference, Mr Darling is proving that the No campaign prefers bad government from Westminster to good government with independence.”