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1976 Dec 8 We
Margaret Thatcher

Written statement on resignation of Alick Buchanan-Smith (devolution)

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Document kind: Written Statement
Venue: House of Commons
Source: Thatcher MSS THCR 2/6/1/85
Journalist: -
Editorial comments: Issued in the evening.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 133
Themes: Union of UK nations
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8 December 1976

It is with regret that I have accepted the resignation of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland.

Mr Buchanan-Smith has given dedicated service to the Conservative Party in Scotland for many years. Since I became Leader he has been a valued member of my Shadow Cabinet, and I am sorry that he has resigned.

Whilst understanding his decision, I trust that it will not be long before he is able to play his part in a Conservative Government.

Mr Teddy Taylor has accepted my invitation to take over as Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland. He relinquishes his recent appointment as Shadow Secretary of State for Trade.

I have also accepted with regret the resignation of Mr Malcolm Rifkind, who has been an Opposition Spokesman on Scottish Affairs.

Margaret Thatcher