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‘It’s Labour for me... but not in Scotland’

Independence the priority, says ex-MP Huckfield

IN the first of a series of iScot Question & Answer features, DAVE BOWMAN asks former Labour MP, Industry Minister, MEP and National Executive member LES HUCKFIELD about the state of politics in the UK, including the likely impact of Brexit; the prospects for Scotish Independence and how he came close to halting the political career of a young Edinburgh-born lawyer called Anthony Blair.

Les, who first entered Parliament in 1967 at the age of 24 as MP for Nuneaton in the English Midlands - becoming the youngest member of the House of Commons at the time - now lives in Perthshire and is passionately commited to the cause of Independence. He describes himself as “an activist and academic” and runs an international consultancy providing services and support to trade unions, co-operatives, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations.

DAVE BOWMAN: Thanks so much Les for taking the time and trouble to talk to iScot. So, first of all can you tell me why and when you moved to Scotland and whether it took you long to settle in? Or, in other words, have you experienced any instances of anti-English prejudice or resentment -the sort of tales so beloved by pro-Union tabloids!

LES HUCKFIELD: Thanks for your interest, Dave. We moved to Scotland in 2004, mainly to look after Margaret’s parents. My Mum was then in a nursing home, being looked after by my sisters, but we could see that Margaret’s parents were getting into some problems on their own, without any other family in Scotland.

I haven’t really come across any anti English prejudice. It’s more the other way round.

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November Edition 2016 issue Number 23 The one with Nicola and Saltire 2020 Vision A bumper 116 pages choc full of the best of Scottish writers today. Robbie Dinwoodie - Ben Thomson - The Legacy Alyn Smith MEP - A conference update - Focused David Bowman Interview - Les Huckfield - ex Labour MP "It's Labour for me... but not in Scotland" David James Hood - A perfect storm Jason Michael Mc Cann - The Alex Salmond Interview Will McLeod - How disasters look good ...on paper Wee Ginger Dug - They're all so pretty vacant Derek Bateman - Doing Middle Class Tom Morton - Sticky Aberdeen - the New Birmingham? Dr Steve McCabe - Fit to Lead? Tom Morton - Scotch and Spirit Jennifer Harper Feature - Simon Community Scotland Mary Edward - Short Story - The Gift Grouse Beater - Investigating Gorbal's boy Alan Pinkerton PI Rachel Gillon - Food for thought Zoe Weir - Glasgow Tobacco Barons Peter A Bell - Forget Darien, this is the bigee - The Madness of Men David McVey - Short Story - A Nation Decides Major Bloodnok - Agony Aunt - He knows, you know