The Scottish Conservative party is facing civil war after its most influential fundraiser condemned proposals to dissolve the Tories and form a new party. Sir Jack Harvie, a Scottish businessman who has raised millions for the Tories, said he would not work with the new centre-right party proposed by Murdo Fraser, the Scottish Tories’ deputy leader. Fraser, favourite to be the next leader, was accused by Harvie of planning to set up a “separatist” and “breakaway” party not sanctioned by members. The row developed as party sources spoke of a power struggle among its most senior backers for control of funding streams. Harvie said he would continue funding the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party (Scup) if its members rejected Fraser’s new party. He also hinted that he believed Fraser’s proposals were not backed by David Cameron or senior UK officials – a view disputed by Fraser’s allies. Harvie said Fraser and his backers, including the former presiding officer of the Scottish parliament, Alex Fergusson, its education spokeswoman Liz Smith and MEP Struan Stevenson, would have to leave the party if he lost the election. “Having scandalised Scup by word and deed they would surely have no place within Scup in… Read full this story
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