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Joint statement guarantees more powers for Scotland in a strong UK

June 16, 2014 2:26 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

In a joint statement published today, Scottish Liberal Democrat leaderWillie RennieWillie Rennie Willie Rennie, Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson have guaranteed to deliver more powers to Scotland in the event of a No vote this September.

The statement pledges to strengthen further the power of the Scottish Parliament, in particular in the areas of fiscal responsibility and social security.

The statement says:

"Power lies with the Scottish people and we believe it is for the Scottish people to decide how we are governed.

"We believe that the pooling and sharing of resources across the United Kingdom is to Scotland's benefit in a partnership of four nations in which distinct national identities can flourish and be celebrated.

"We believe that Scotland and the United Kingdom have been strengthened since the advent of devolution.

"We support a strong Scottish Parliament in a strong United Kingdom and we support the further strengthening of the Parliament's powers.
"The three parties delivered more powers for Holyrood through the Calman Commission which resulted in the Scotland Act 2012.

"We now pledge to strengthen further the powers of the Scottish Parliament, in particular in the areas of fiscal responsibility and social security. We believe that Scotland should have a stronger Scottish Parliament while retaining full representation for Scotland at Westminster. Our common agenda can bring people together from all of Scotland, from civic society and every community.

"The Scottish Labour Party, the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and the Scottish Liberal Democrats have each produced our own visions of the new powers which the Scottish Parliament needs.

"We shall put those visions before the Scottish people at the next general election and all three parties guarantee to start delivering more powers for the Scottish Parliament as swiftly as possible in 2015.

"Our common endeavour will deliver a stronger Scottish Parliament in a stronger United Kingdom."