BIG PIC­TURE

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

THE in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum was a truly his­toric event not just for the peo­ple of Scot­land, but for all of us in the United King­dom.

I was in Scot­land on polling day it­self help­ing to get out the ‘No’ vote in the vil­lage of Thornhill, about 40 miles north of the bor­der.

I was de­lighted with the fi­nal out­come, show­ing by a clear mar­gin that most in Scot­land thought we are bet­ter to­gether.

Lo­cal res­i­dents were only too aware of the sig­nif­i­cance of their vote. I could not put the case for the union bet­ter than one lady I spoke to who said, “Why break what isn’t bro­ken?” I am glad the majority agreed with her wise words.

As the dust set­tles, it is vi­tal that the peo­ple of Scot­land now come to­gether as one to suc­cess­fully take for­ward the agreed de­vo­lu­tion process. David Cameron was right to say, in his speech fol­low­ing the dec­la­ra­tion, that the ques­tion of English votes for English laws – the so-called West Loth­ian ques­tion - must now also be ad­dressed.

It is es­sen­tial that there is a set­tle­ment that is not only fair to Scot­land, but to the other parts of the United King­dom, and that must in­clude Eng­land.

It would no longer be ac­cept­able for Scot­tish MPs to vote on English laws. Just as Scot­land will be able to vote sep­a­rately on is­sues of tax, spend­ing and wel­fare, it would be right for English MPs to vote on those same is­sues re­lat­ing to Eng­land only.

The Prime Min­is­ter also said that more pow­ers would be given to our great ci­ties, such as Manch­ester and Liver­pool.

This will help re­alise the eco­nomic po­ten­tial of the north west.

I will work to en­sure that the in­ter­ests of Mac­cles­field and Cheshire are rep­re­sented in this de­bate go­ing for­ward. It is vi­tal that we now work to­gether to build a bet­ter fu­ture for the en­tire United King­dom.

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