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PM's tribute to leading Scots Tory

By Katrine Bussey

David Cameron has led tributes to the former Scottish Conservative leader David McLetchie, who has died after suffering from cancer.

The Prime Minister described Mr McLetchie (61), who died in an Edinburgh hospice, as "one of Scottish politics most formidable intellects and finest debaters".

He took on the leadership of the Scottish Conservatives in 1998 – – the year after the party had been wiped out north of the border with no Tory MPs returned from Scotland in the General Election.

Mr McLetchie was one of 18 Tory MSPs elected to the first Scottish Parliament in 1999 and the Lothian MSP headed up the party in Scotland for seven years before quitting as leader amid a controversy over his taxi expenses.

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