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Tory fury at Gove 'despair'.

Byline: MARK AITKEN

A TOP Tory has sparked fury among colleagues by claiming his party has no future in Scotland.

Education Minister Michael Gove said there was no way to revive the Scottish Tories, who have a sole Westminster seat.

But senior Tory figures have called him out of touch with Scotland.

Gove, who grew up in Aberdeen, spoke out in a magazine interview.

The Surrey Heath MP said: "I don't think there is any single thing that can be done."

The Tories returned a single MP last year despite spending more than pounds 1million trying to win a dozen target seats.

And at Holyrood this year, the number of Tory MSPs fell from 17 to 15, prompting leader Annabel Goldie to resign as party leader in Scotland.

But former Scots Secretary Lord Forsyth said: "I don't share that particular counsel of despair.

"I'm not sure Michael spends a lot of time in Scotland or is very much involved with the Conservatives in Scotland."

Goldie said: "It takes a number of steps to drive the party forward in Scotland, such as proving ourselves in government, which we are, and reorganising on the ground. "We are optimistic for the Scottish Conservatives."

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Date:Jun 19, 2011
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