I am thankful and proud the voters in Scotland have chosen to remain in the Union. Not just to honour our history but to be able to continue to work together for a more fair and prosperous United Kingdom in the future.
Now that we have their decision, I am excited about the opportunities that exist for the main political parties brought about by the referendum to improve our democracy. Just look at the 85% turnout, turnout nothing like what we see for other elections. We must make politics more fair and relevant to people’s lives again. Like in Scotland taking issues that matter to local people in their streets and on their front doors.
Whether it’s the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland or the European Union, together we can strive for improvement through common endeavour, rather than encouraging isolation and separatism. The world faces more complex challenges than in recent generations. Whether it’s the volatility of international markets and the finance sector, conflict exacerbated by religion and culture, human trafficking or climate change – the world is an ever smaller place and to stand a chance against such problems and uncertainties, countries and their people must unite.
As we head towards the 2015 General Election I am delighted to have the Scots, many of whom are so vehemently against the rise of poverty and inequality that we have seen across the UK under the Conservative Coalition, working with the rest of the Union, reinvigorated and determined for a more just society.
Thank you Scotland.