David Cameron would show Scotland 'respect' if he became PM
David Cameron the leader of the UK Conservative party said he would show Scotland 'respect' and would seek a meeting with the Scottish First Minister if he became Prime Minister in the up and coming British general elections.
Recent polls show that Cameron would be the next Prime Minister if elections were held today.
In the first two years of the former Prime Minister, Conservative Margaret Thatcher's administration Scotland lost a fifth of its workforce.
Lowering inflation was her priority, and this was done through cuts in public expenditure, privatisation and the powering down of the Trade Unions.
The traditional industries of Scotland had became so over-dependent that they were no longer be propped up through government funding and allowed to make losses.
Coal miners were hit very badly - 15 pits falling to two pits throughout the 80s - the textile industry was also put to rest, including the famous jute trade in Dundee, and steel production plummeted, with Ravenscraig finally shutting in June 1993.
The last 50 years of Scottish society had been turned upside down, yet many deemed this to be an inevitable downfall - throughout the whole century Scotland had been dependent on one ever-narrowing sector of the economy and finally laying this unhealthy tradition to rest was never going to be easy.
Scotland has since recovered since those days to an extent, but it wasn't all that long ago and people still remember. It will still be a long time before Scots give the Conservative party large votes up here in the North.
Conservative leader David Cameron has said he would govern Scotland with "respect" if he wins the election.
Mr Cameron spoke to BBC Scotland ahead of his party conference in Manchester.
He promised that if elected, one of his first duties as prime minister would be to meet Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond.
But Mr Cameron also opposed calls for Mr Salmond to be included in any pre-election leader debates, saying he did not believe it would work.
In an interview for the Good Morning Scotland programme, Mr Cameron insisted his party had changed and tried to outline what effect a Conservative government at Westminster might have on Scotland.
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