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UK family will continue to boost Scotland's jobs and growth

March 29, 2014 11:57 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats today backed the policy motion, building aJohn ThursoJohn Thurso stronger Scotland, which sets out the party's plans to build a stronger economy and a fairer society which enables every person to get on in life.

The motion supports the economic progress achieved by Liberal Democrats in UK government through lower taxes, higher pensions and more jobs. It calls for the UK and Scottish governments to work together through a single market to promote further jobs and growth.

Key proposals include:

· Calls for the UK and Scottish governments to work together to promote further growth
· Endorsing the view that Scotland's future prosperity and success will be through a single market in the UK and Europe which makes trade easier

· Welcoming the increase of more than £300 million to the Scottish government's budget over the next two years as a result of spending decisions at the Autumn Statement

· Urging the Scottish government to prioritise a stronger economy and a fairer society by investing in childcare, skills and housing.

Scottish Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, John Thurso said:

"In backing this motion Scottish Liberal Democrats have today sent out a clear message that we are the party of in. As part of the UK, Scotland has shared in the economic progress delivered by Liberal Democrats in the UK government. The UK economy is now the fastest growing of the G7. With Scottish Liberal Democrats at the heart of the UK cabinet we have secured lower taxes, higher pensions and 130,000 more jobs in Scotland since the last election.

"Being in Britain and in Europe secures millions of jobs and billions of pounds worth of trade. The nationalists' independence plans risk undermining the positive progress we have achieved as part of the UK. Those who flirt with exit from Europe stand on the wrong side of economic progress. By keeping government in the centre ground Liberal Democrats are building the stronger economy and fairer society needed to enable more people to get on in life."