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Independence rivals attend church service

Politicians from both sides of the Scottish independence debate have gathered for a special church service to promote unity after the referendum.

Around 1,000 people attended the Church of Scotland event at St Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

Moving on? The service was attended by prominent Yes and No campaigners, including John Swinney (far left) and Alistair Darling (far right).

Scotland’s Finance Secretary John Swinney, Better Together leader Alistair Darling, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, the Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson all attended.

The Church of Scotland hopes the service will help people from the Yes and No camps come together and move forward after the intense referendum debate.

The service was led by Church of Scotland moderator the Rt Rev John Chalmers. He asked people to put their differences aside and work together to redefine the country's place within the UK.

The SNP's Finance Secretary, John Swinney, gave a reading.
Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander also contributed.

Gretna cairn continues to grow after referendum

The "friendship" cairn at Gretna Credit: ITV Border

Three days after Scotland voted against independence people are still adding stones to the "friendship" cairn at Gretna.

Sue Clark helped to organise the project: "It's wonderful to see stones being put on after the result.

"It just shows the joy that we're still all one country."

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Labour MSP: People in Dumfries feel "remote from Edinburgh too"

People in Dumfries feel "remote from Edinburgh" as well as Westminster, according to Labour MSP Elaine Murray.

Meanwhile David Patterson, a local Yes Campaigner, told ITV News Border he was "gutted" after the independence referendum.

The vote breakdown in Dumfries and Galloway was 66% for No and 34% for Yes. Meanwhile, in the Scottish Borders, it was 67% No and 33% Yes. Across Scotland, 55% of the electorate voted No and 45% voted Yes.

Yes Campaigner David Patterson feels "gutted" after the referendum. Credit: ITV News Border

Quite honestly I'm gutted, but I think we knew we wouldn't get the result in Dumfries, but disappointed in general obviously nationwide, because we all thought and hoped that we would get it, we all thought we would be become an independent country again."

– David Patterson, Yes Campaigner
Labour MSP Elaine Murray says people in Dumfries feel "remote from Edinburgh too". Credit: ITV News Border

I think the vote here in Dumfries and Galloway, as indeed the votes in places like Orkney and Shetland actually demonstrated that people feel a bit remote from Edinburgh too, and that's why devolution from Holyrood to local authority areas is also important actually I think we need to feel here that we are able to make our own decisions here as well."

– Elaine Murray MSP, Labour

Devolution promises will be upheld, says Brown

Man with a plan: Gordon Brown wants more powers for the Scottish Government. Credit: PA

Promises made to Scotland on further devolution will be upheld, Gordon Brown has insisted.

The former prime minister said he would ensure the commitment given by the leaders of the three main Westminster parties is adhered to.

The SNP have already raised concerns that the schedule Mr Brown set out will for further devolution will not be met.

But speaking just two days after the referendum, in which 45% of Scots voted for independence, with 55% wanting to remain in the UK, Mr Brown said: "The promises that were made last week about change, about the delivery of further devolution, must be, and I believe, and will ensure, will be delivered."

After David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg all made a public vow on this, Mr Brown added: "The eyes of the world have been upon us and now I think the eyes of the world are upon the leaders of the major parties of the United Kingdom.

"These are men who had been promise makers, and they will not be promise breakers, and I will ensure that that these promises that have been made are upheld."

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