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Rutherglen Reformer - - Working for you -

The dust has now set­tled af­ter what was a truly his­toric elec­tion both north and south of the Bor­der.

Not since 1992, has a Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment been re­turned and I am de­lighted that the Bri­tish peo­ple have en­trusted David Cameron to com­plete our eco­nomic re­cov­ery.

Now we must take our ex­ist­ing achieve­ments – 178,000 more jobs in Scot­land, a deficit cut in half, 57,700 fewer peo­ple claim­ing out of work benefits – and build on them.

This means lower taxes – so that those who work hard are al­ways re­warded; more jobs – so that ev­ery­one who wants to get on in life has the op­por­tu­nity to do so and a smaller wel­fare bill – achieved by lift­ing peo­ple off benefits and back into the work­place.

I un­der­stand that the last few years have been tough, but I’m proud of the steps we have taken to put our econ­omy right. Over the next five years, I’m con­fi­dent that un­der David Cameron’s lead­er­ship this coun­try, and our econ­omy, will grow stronger still.

In Scot­land, de­spite the ad­vance of the SNP – and a good deal of tac­ti­cal vot­ing – the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives saw our over­all vote in­crease to 434,000.

This is en­cour­ag­ing and fit­ting re­flec­tion on the ef­forts of our many ded­i­cated ac­tivists and ex­cel­lent can­di­dates.

One of them, Tay­lor Muir, stood lo­cally in Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West. While the Lib­eral vote col­lapsed and Labour’s tra­di­tional sup­port­ers de­serted the party in droves, our vote share held up– a pat­tern re­peated right across the coun­try.

For all of us watch­ing the elec­tion cov­er­age, it truly was an his­toric sight as some of Scot­land’s most recog­nis­able po­lit­i­cal fig­ures – Charles Kennedy, Dou­glas Alexander, Mar­garet Cur­ran, Jim Mur­phy – were de­feated.

In 2010, no Scot­tish seat changed hands. Last Thurs­day 50 did and it would be churl­ish not to congratulate the SNP on their stunning suc­cess.

But de­spite their vic­to­ries, this does not change the fact that last Septem­ber the peo­ple of Scot­land voted to re­main part of the UK.

Th­ese votes, this voice won’t be forgotten and the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives stand full-square be­hind our United King­dom.

We do so not out of tac­tics, but be­cause of con­vic­tion. We be­lieve in the Union head, heart and soul and will con­tinue to de­fend it.

So my com­mit­ment is this - we will de­volve fur­ther pow­ers to Holy­rood, mak­ing the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment one of the most pow­er­ful de­volved as­sem­blies in the world but whilst do­ing so we will never shirk from stand­ing up for the UK.

Now, more than ever, Scot­land needs a strong pro-UK voice. A party which will al­ways fight for Scot­land’s place in our United King­dom and will never put our en­dur­ing Union at risk.

It is clear af­ter Thurs­day there is only one party which can ful­fil that role - the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive and Union­ist Party.

Mov­ing for­ward Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives leader Ruth David­son MSP

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