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Moore appointed advisor to Deputy Prime Minister

Local MP Michael Moore has been appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister to be his Adviser on European Business.

The role will see Mr Moore working with businesses across the UK to understand the key trade, investment and regulatory issue affecting their dealings in the European Union.

Mr Moore will carry out a review of the issues and report to Nick Clegg by the summer.

Borders MP to re-visit A7 railway sites

Borders MP Michael Moore is to re-visit railway sites on the A7 to see new measures being introduced to clean construction lorries.

Mr Moore was briefed about the A7 road conditions by Network Rail director Hugh Wark, following a series of complaints about the impacts of railway construction traffic on the road.

Many road users voiced their concerns over road safety due to the amount of mud on the A7.

Mr Wark explained that new lorry cleaning procedures will be introduced at the main construction sites to reduce the extent of mud on the road.

"The state of the A7 is causing rising concern amongst road users. I welcome Network Rail's commitment to clean up the lorries and reduce the mud on the road.

"It is understandable that people are alarmed, given the winter conditions.

"Sorting the situation is important. I will have a further chance to discuss the situation when I visit the sites again in the very near future."

– Michael Moore MP

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Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce "disappointed"

Commenting after the news of Michael Moore's replacement in the Cabinet, the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce Convener Jack Clark said:

“Everyone in the Scottish Borders will be disappointed by this news.

"Michael Moore has been an effective and intelligent Scottish Secretary, not least for his role in framing the Scotland Act and the Edinburgh Agreement which sets the terms of next year’s independence referendum.

“I know Michael personally and have always been struck by his passion for people and his kindness. It is not surprising that he is liked and respected across the political divide.

"He has been an effective and diligent MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk.

"Michael will now be able to devote more time to his constituency, which I am sure he will do with the care and diligence we have come to expect from him.”

– ack Clark, Convener, Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce

Statement from Michael Moore

Following Nick Clegg's decision to replace Michael Moore as Secretary of State for Scotland, the Borders MP released the following statement:

"It has been a huge privilege to serve as Secretary of State for Scotland for the past three years. The constitutional debate is at a critical point and I am proud of the part I have played in it so far.

"Delivering more powers for the Scottish Parliament through the Scotland Act and negotiating the Edinburgh Agreement to secure a legal, fair and decisive referendum are two particular highlights.

"Throughout my time in government I have drawn great support from people across the Borders. I am hugely grateful for that support and I have been proud to draw attention to the region in the work that I have been doing nationally.

"But my ongoing constituency work over the past few years has kept me focussed on the challenges facing people and I will continue to work hard on behalf of my constituents in the months ahead."

– Michael Moore MP

Prime Minister to make wider-changes later

Mr Moore is said to be the only Lib Dem Cabinet-level casualty planned, with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg thought to want a more attacking approach in the run-up to the referendum.

The Prime Minister announced the appointment of Mr Carmichael on Twitter, also confirming that he will be making wider changes later.

He is expected to promote women and northern MPs in what has been branded a "flat cap" reshuffle.

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Chief Whip replaces Michael Moore

Alistair Carmichael Credit: PA

Alistair Carmcihael was elected to Parliament as the MP for Orkney and Shetland in 2001.

After the recent coalition agreement between the LIberal Democrats and the Conservatives, he was appointed as Deputy Government Chief Whip.

In 2012, Alistair was also appointed as the deputy leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Michael Moore "grateful to have had the opportunity"

In a reply to Nick Clegg's letter, Michael Moore says that he is pleased to have had the opportunity to be part of the Cabinet and is pleased for Alistair Carmichael:

Dear Nick Thank you for your letter. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of the cabinet. Putting Liberal Democrat policies into practice in government has been our party's ambition for a very long time and I have valued the chance to play a key role in it.

This has been, and will continue to be, a hugely important time in Scottish politics and that has made it a challenging and rewarding time to be Secretary of State for Scotland.

Taking the Scotland Act through Parliament and negotiating the Edinburgh Agreement have been the highlights of my time in office, as well as, more recently, making the case for Scotland to stay part of the United Kingdom.

However, I have also valued the chance to get out and about around Scotland week after week to listen to the challenges facing people and make sure those are understood by colleagues elsewhere in government.

I am glad that there are now early signs of economic recovery, but we must not lose sight of the huge difficulties many people still face.

Over the last few years I have worked with a superb team of civil servants and advisers in the Scotland Office, and other government departments, in very challenging circumstances.

I do not think the support teams for ministers always get the credit they deserve: I am very grateful for the support they have given me. In leaving the Scotland Office I am pleased that Alistair will be succeeding me. As a good friend and long time colleague, I believe he will do a superb job. I wish him all the best.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Moore

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