A NEW Unionist party has been set up in Scotland with the primary aim of abolishing the nation’s devolved Parliament.

The organisation was launched this month by a former Better Together campaigner who has become frustrated by what he perceives to be the Tories’ “weak opposition” to the SNP.

John Mortimer – who also established the failed British Unionist party ahead of the 2016 Holyrood election – insists it is entirely legitimate to campaign against devolution despite almost three quarters of Scots backing it in the 1997 referendum.

The new leader of the Abolish the Scottish Parliament party told the Daily Record: "I'm very critical of the devolution process as I believe it has endangered the Union and weakened the bonds that tie the United Kingdom together. Holyrood has become the SNP's chief platform to push for a referendum.

"Not a single voter under the age of 40 was eligible to vote in the 1997 referendum. The idea that it's undemocratic to express an opinion on devolution is nonsense.

"We're going through a democratic channel, standing in a parliamentary election, and putting our views to the electorate.

"It's entirely appropriate for devolution to be judged, 20 years on, on its track record."

The party is the latest splinter Unionist organisation to be created. George Galloway has launched his Alliance for Unity party, which he says has one single aim: “to get the SNP out”.

In June, a new media body was created vowing to be “a new anti-nationalist media for Scotland”. The Majority says on its website that it wants to expose Scottish nationalism “as it is … ugly, misinformed and bigoted”. Yesterday, a post from its social media account announced it would be burning copies of The National.

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Mortimer says the establishment of new Unionist bodies is the result of frustration with traditional Unionist parties.

He explained: "The Scottish Conservatives have been weak opposition to the SNP on a number of levels. We are in particular opposed to their support for devolution.

"The Tories have legislated extensively for more devolution while in government in London. The biggest single transfer of powers was the 2016 Scotland Act, carried out by the Conservatives.

"We cater specifically to Unionists who are anti-devolution. That counts for a sizable proportion of the Unionist vote. We're offering something different."

The SNP dismissed the Abolish the Scottish Parliament party’s chances at next year’s election.

A party source told the Record: "It's beyond absurd that the conclusion these hardened Unionists have drawn from successive polls showing a majority support for independence is to scrap Holyrood all together.

"But that's the kind of division and anti-democractic rhetoric that Boris Johnson's Tory party is trying to stoke up.

"I hope the candidates for this new party are saving their pennies, as they won't be winning any of their deposits back next May."