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Clegg backs cross-party commitment on more powers

August 5, 2014 4:54 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg has backed a cross-party commitment to deliver more powers to Scotland in the event of a No vote in the independence referendum in September.

A joint statement was published today setting out a commitment by the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative parties to deliver further powers to the Scottish Parliament. It affirms a declaration made earlier in the year by Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and the other Scottish party leaders.

Speaking after the commitment was published, Nick Clegg said:

"This is a significant statement of common purpose from the parties that have shaped Scotland's home rule journey.

"From the constitutional convention to the Scotland Act 2012, Liberal Democrats have worked with others and delivered. We are unflinching in our commitment to building a stronger Scotland within the UK, strengthening areas of fiscal responsibility and introducing new powers over social security.

"It is crystal clear that voting No to leaving the United Kingdom is also a positive vote for more powers within the UK family. That's the best of both worlds."