Moore backs joint call for greater Scots powers in UK

Borders MP Michael Moore backed a joint statement published this week by Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie, Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, which guarantees the delivery of more powers to Scotland in the event of a No vote this September.

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 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.

“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.

Commenting, Mr Moore said: “I am convinced that as Scots we are stronger and safer as part of the UK and I will be campaigning passionately for this in the lead-up to the referendum.

“At the same time, I have always supported devolution for Scotland and I was extremely proud to deliver the Scotland Act as Secretary of State, which saw powers on a new Scottish rate of income tax, borrowing limits as well as air guns, drink-driving and speeding delivered to Holyrood.

“I also fully support the strengthening of the Scottish Parliament in the event of a No vote in September.

“Tomorrow (Friday), I will be involved in a hustings at Duns Volunteer Hall from 7.30pm. Anyone is welcome and it should be an interesting event.”