Shadow Foreign Secretary and Conservative Deputy Leader Michael Ancram is undertook a visit in Scotland pledging to save the six historic infantry regiments. Commenting, Mr Ancram said: "Scotland's infantry regiments have fought with great dedication and professionalism for our country for hundreds of years, including recent operations in Iraq. Our regiments are envied the world over and it is ludicrous to suggest that scrapping them is the right way forward. "Mr Blair's decision to scrap the regiments whilst many of them were actually in Iraq was crass in the extreme, and it is little wonder that many Scots have seen it as a naked betrayal of our forces. "I am presenting the people of Scotland with a simple choice because there are only two possible outcomes on May 5th. The end of Scotland's regiments under Labour, or the reinstatement of our regiments with the Conservatives." Shadow Scottish Secretary Peter Duncan joined Mr Ancram in Edinburgh and demanded further action to ensure that Scottish troops are entitled to vote in the General Election on May 5th. Further to Scottish Conservative research last year highlighting a consequence of new legislation which could lead to members of the armed services not being able to vote, it emerged that thousands of troops had missed the deadline to renew their "service voter" status. However, Conservatives believe that swift action could allow them to use a standard postal vote. Commenting, Mr Duncan said: "It is clear now that the troops will not be able to register to vote in the way envisaged by the legislation. However this is simply not acceptable. There can barely be a greater injustice than our troops being denied the right to vote in an election where the future of their regiment is at stake. "The new legislation made it difficult enough for troops to vote, but the government's tardy timekeeping in sending them the necessary documentation made it nigh on impossible. This is a scandalous situation which will leave a sour taste in the mouths of Scots. "We believe there is still time to act, by ensuring that troops who are registered are sent a standard postal vote immediately which they would be able to return within the time limits. "It is little wonder that trust in government is at an all time low. People all over Scotland are thinking what we're thinking. Imagine 5 more years of Mr Blair."