Flak rocks Forsyth in RAF storm.Scots Secretary Michael Forsyth was blasted last night for using an RAF plane to fly to the Commons for a rigged Tory vote.
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At the 1992 general election, he was elected as MP for Kincardine and Deeside, defeating the Liberal Democrat Nicol Stephen, who had gained the seat in a by-election in 1991. used the MoD aircraft to get to the crucial fisheries fisheries. From earliest times and in practically all countries, fisheries have been of industrial and commercial importance. In the large N Atlantic fishing grounds off Newfoundland and Labrador, for example, European and North American fishing fleets have long vote.
But MPs from other parties had to find their own way there by public transport.
The flight row broke after it was revealed that the Tories had fixed Monday night's vote.
Party whips used double-dealing and con tricks to gain three extra votes, ensuring a comfortable margin of victory for the Government.
Now it's revealed the two Tories commandeered the RAF plane to fly from Inverness to London to get to the vote.
Kynoch and Forsyth had been at the opening of the Highlands and Islands The Highlands and Islands of Scotland are broadly the Scottish Highlands plus Orkney, Shetland and the Hebrides.
The Highlands and Islands are sometimes defined as the area to which the Crofters' Act of 1886 applied. Convention in Inverness.
But six Scottish Opposition MPs who represent fishing communities were forced to rely on scheduled air services to get to the Commons in time.
Brian Wilson, Labour's front bench spokesman, called on Forsyth to quit.
He said: "The Forsyth arrogance and contempt for basic standards of decent behaviour makes him unfit to hold the position he does.
"He booked himself and his Minister seats on an RAF plane at the public expense while the rest of us had to take our chances on British Airways British Airways
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Labour and the Lib Dems LIB DEM Liberal Democrat(s) (UK political party) have also withdrawn all co-operation on Commons voting following the fixing claims.
In a gross breach of Parliamentary protocol, the Tories "paired off" the same three Tory MPs who would miss the vote with BOTH Labour AND the Lib Dems.
But they were caught red-handed yesterday after the Labour and Lib Dem chief whips scrutinised the voting returns.
The first evidence of the non co-operation policy came last night when the Government was defeated by seven votes in a bill about stalkers.