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SCOTS TORY QUERIES WATER PLAN

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The leader of the grass roots wing of the Scottish Conservative Party has urged the government to take account of p...
The leader of the grass roots wing of the Scottish Conservative Party has urged the government to take account of public opposition to its plans to take water services from local democratic control.

Adrian Shinwell, president of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association, last week spoke out in favour of guaranteeing council members a role on the three proposed water quangos.

These should be nominated by councils themselves rather than by the secretary of state, he suggested.

This formal arrangement would go some way to reducing the anticipated damage the issue is expected to cause the government in next month's local elections, he said.

Mr Shinwell pointed to the results of Strathclyde RC's recent referendum, in which 97% of respondents said they opposed the government's plans for water and sewerage services.

A spokesman for the Scottish Conservative Party confirmed Mr Shindwell felt 'quite strongly' that the new public authorities needed to have a visible proportion of elected members on their boards.

'His role is clearly to pass on the views of the party to ministers', he said.

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