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MPs' vow to Queen under fire.

REBEL politicians want to abolish the pledge to the Queen when MPs are sworn into the new Scottish Parliament.

Prospective MSPs have been warned they'll lose their seats if they don't take the vow next year.

And they've even been told swearing allegiance in Gaelic will only be accepted if the words are said in English first.

But Prospective SNP candidate, Dr Ann Lorne Gillies, said: "This is one of the first things the Scottish Parliament has to review once it is up and running.

"The members have been elected to represent the Scottish people and take decisions for Scotland.

"Swearing allegiance to the Queen only enforces the image of the Parliament as an extension of Westminster."

A Government paper on the new Parliament says the MSPs will have two months to swear allegiance to the Queen.

The paper adds: "If they do not they shall cease to be a member and their seat will become vacant."

But Labour candidate John McAllion, who is currently MP for Dundee East, said: "It really is dishonest. It's hypocrisy.

"We should be swearing allegiance to the people who elected us into office."
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Author:Gilbride, Frank
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 29, 1998
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