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STRATHCLYDE LAUNCHES LAST MINUTE FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

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A last ditch campaign to save Strathclyde RC was launched yesterday by the region's leader Bob Gould, as the Local ...
A last ditch campaign to save Strathclyde RC was launched yesterday by the region's leader Bob Gould, as the Local Government (Scotland) Bill received its second reading in the Commons, Monday's Scotsman reports (p4).

The paper reports one leading Tory as describing the £500,000 publicity campaign as equivalent to piling up £20 notes and setting fire to them.

Strathclyde's days have been numbered since Prime Minister John Major described it as a monstrosity in a Conservative Party conference speech. As the largest region, it cannot survive even the mildest of restructuring.

A four page pull out section in the Scotsman examines the work of the region, and its fight for survival under the slogan 'Strathclyde works', a campaign which has been kept back deliberately until the legislation was actually being considered.

Highland RC yesterday launched a consultation process on how it plans to decentralise power after structure reform, which is set to replace the existing region and eight districts with a single unitary region.
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