From Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP.

Sir, I read your story (December 4) reporting alleged criticism by unnamed Conservatives of Alistair Darling’s leadership of the “Better Together” pro-union campaign in Scotland. If these reports are correct I am happy to say, publicly, that they are entirely unjustified. He has been instrumental in putting together the “Better Together” campaign and has been leading from the front. The fact that Mr Salmond’s independence campaign is trailing by as much as 27 per cent to 56 per cent speaks for itself.

One of the main issues in the campaign is the implications for economic growth, jobs and the standard of living if Scotland were to separate itself from the rest of the UK. The fact that Mr Darling speaks with the experience of a former chancellor of the exchequer, while Mr Salmond’s only claim to economic expertise is that he used to work for RBS, is an added advantage.

Malcolm Rifkind, Conservative, Kensington, House of Commons

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