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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 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 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."


The region reacts to a No vote for independence

Cumbria is a county that has many geographical similarities with Southern Scotland, but many differences too.

People cross the border every day in both directions for work, pleasure and to do business, and because of that today's result was also being keenly viewed south of the border.

Hannah McNulty reports.

A new day dawns after the independence referendum

Just yards over the border from England, it's in places like Gretna where the impact of independence would perhaps have been amplified.

Some people feel that the campaign has changed politics in the Borders forever.

Tim Backshall reports on "a new dawn" for Southern Scotland, a day on from the Scottish independence referendum.

Scottish First Minister announces his exit from the top

The result of the Scottish independence referendum was a huge blow for the Yes campaign this morning, worsened by the announcement this afternoon that the man who made it all possible - Alex Salmond - will step down in November.

ITV Border's Political Editor Peter MacMahon was at the press conference where Salmond announced his exit from the top of the SNP leadership, and from his office as First Minister.

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Queen: Independence 'result all us throughout UK will respect'

The Queen said Scotland's vote to stay part of the UK was "a result that all of us throughout the United Kingdom will respect".

After many months of discussion, debate, and careful thought, we now know the outcome of the Referendum, and it is a result that all of us throughout the United Kingdom will respect.

For many in Scotland and elsewhere today, there will be strong feelings and contrasting emotions - among family, friends and neighbours. That, of course, is the nature of the robust democratic tradition we enjoy in this country. But I have no doubt that these emotions will be tempered by an understanding of the feelings of others.

Now, as we move forward, we should remember that despite the range of views that have been expressed, we have in common an enduring love of Scotland, which is one of the things that helps to unite us all. Knowing the people of Scotland as I do, I have no doubt that Scots, like others throughout the United Kingdom, are able to express strongly-held opinions before coming together again in a spirit of mutual respect and support, to work constructively for the future of Scotland and indeed all parts of this country.

My family and I will do all we can to help and support you in this important task.

– Queen
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