Scotland politics

Scottish independence: Tories cancel No vote 'champagne celebration'

A champagne celebration organised by a Conservative association in anticipation of Scots rejecting independence has been cancelled.

An advert for the event said an all-night party on 18 September would be "followed in the morning with a celebration champagne brunch".

The event has since been removed from the Dumfries and Galloway Conservative and Unionist Association's webpage.

A Conservative spokesman said the party was not taking anything for granted.

The event was to have been held at the Aston Hotel in Dumfries at a cost of £25 a head.

The spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: "We are not taking anything for granted ahead of 18 September.

"This event was not appropriate and it has now been cancelled."

Joan McAlpine, an SNP MSP for the south of Scotland, said: "The Tory toffs in the No campaign are obviously taking Scotland's voters for granted - just like in the days when they expected folk to doff their cap and tug their forelock.

"Despite cancelling this event under orders, the No campaign are obviously counting their pheasants and champagne in advance, which is very foolish."

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