North East MSP calls on parties to honour ‘vow’

Christian Allard MSP.
Christian Allard MSP.

Following the result of the referendum Christian Allard MSP is urging the Westminster parties to honour their ‘vow’ of further powers for Scotland.

Fifty-five per cent of those who took part in the referendum voted No to independence after the Westminster parties promised more powers for the Scottish Parliament.

Mr Allard insisted that as a representative of both Yes and No voters in his North East region he will work to make sure the three main Westminster parties honour their pledge.

Just days before the referendum the Prime Minister and the other Westminster leaders made a pledge on more powers, including a commitment to maintain Scotland’s funding.

Commenting, Christian Allard MSP said: “The parliamentary motion at Westminster on further devolution to Scotland does not repeat the guarantee to Scotland’s budget mentioned in the ‘vow’ issued by the Westminster leaders and the Times reports that David Cameron is preparing to slash Scottish funding.

“A central part of the Better Together campaign was the argument that Scotland was financially better off in the union because the Barnett formula meant higher public spending and any change to Barnett would be a complete betrayal of the people of the North East who voted No in the belief they were financially better off in the union.”

Mr Allard also paid tribute to those who were involved in the debate on Scotland’s future.