It didn't take long.....and it might just make Tony B's sycophantic Scottish MPs crap themselves. From the Glasgow Herald; Forces lobby take their battle to next general election July 23 2004 A CAMPAIGN group is preparing to field candidates at the next general election against Labour MPs who refuse to defend Scottish regiments from defence cuts. The Save the Scottish Regiments group appealed yesterday for financial and political support to reverse the Ministry of Defence's decision to axe one of Scotland's six infantry regiments. The end result could be one Scottish regiment, made up of the single battalion of each regiment, or two one for the Highlands and one for the Lowlands. The SSR website www.savethe scottishregiments.co.uk was launched within hours of the announcement of radical manpower and equipment reductions across the three services. One of the Labour MPs who could be targeted is Adam Ingram, the armed forces minister, who held his East Kilbride seat with a 12,755 majority in the last election. He has been the constituency MP since 1987. The campaign aims to tap in to the potentially powerful lobby of tens of thousands of voters comprising serving soldiers, their families and friends in the regimental recruiting areas across Scotland. There are more than 3000 regular Scottish soldiers, 4000 part-time Territorial volunteers, and several thousand regular reservists entitled to vote in their home constituencies at local and national levels. This figure could be multiplied many times by the support of relatives and members of the public sympathetic to the cause of what is seen as preventing a Treasury-led assault on Scotland's military heritage. It would also tap into the often-neglected postal and proxy votes of soldiers serving away from home. The SSR's statement of intent said: "Some of our volunteers have family members in Basra, Iraq, right now. Some are ex-members of regiments, some are just rightly proud of their regiments and want to fight Geoff Hoon's decision to scrap a Scottish battalion. "If necessary, we are prepared to field candidates at the next general election in those areas where Labour MP's have not stood up for their constituents to draw attention to their record on this matter. "Geoff Hoon seems to have garnered the obedience of some top brass whom you might have hoped and expected to have stood up and spoken out against these cuts all done in the name of budgets." A three-month consultation period by the six regimental colonels will precede the announcement in October of which Scottish regiment is to be disbanded. An insider said: "This is the MoD and Army Board's way of passing the buck." The man who will lead this search for consensus affirmed yesterday that the fate of individual Scottish regiments would be decided in Scotland. Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin, Adjutant General of the British Army, colonel commandant of the Scottish Division, and Colonel of the Black Watch, said it would be a joint decision after consultation rather than as in the past a case of each regiment fighting its own corner. He added: "It is not a given that there will only be one regiment. One runner is for there to be two, one for the Lowlands and one for the Highlands." Talk of the RAF bases at Kinloss and Lossiemouth in Moray being reduced to one were premature, said Group Captain Garfield Porter, station commander at Kinloss. The 5500 personnel at the two bases must wait until April to discover their long term future.