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Alex Salmond invited for talks

Michael Moore MP Credit: ITV Border

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has written to the First Minister Alex Salmond to propose they meet for the next stage of their talks on how Scotland’s two governments can work together and deliver a legal, fair and decisive referendum.

The UK Government’s own consultation on the referendum ended in March and Mr Moore said that with both consultations now closed the time was right for constructive talks to resume. The Scottish Secretary said he was confident an agreement could be reached.

Mr Moore said:

“From my meetings with the First Minister earlier in this process, I know that the Scottish Government is supportive of a Section 30 Order, approved by the UK and Scottish Parliaments, to put the referendum on a sound legal footing.

"Both governments are also clear that there should be a single question, that the Scottish Parliament franchise should be used, and that the process should be overseen by the Electoral Commission."

Mobile phone coverage talks

Mobile coverage in the Borders has been affected Credit: ITV Border

Borders MP Michael Moore has held talks with Ofcom to discuss problems with mobile phone coverage.

The Secretary of State for Scotland raised concerns about problems Vodafone customers in Hawick have had in recent weeks, with the service having failed three times.

Mr Moore said: “The problem of poor mobile phone coverage in the Borders has been highlighted in the past couple of weeks as Vodafone customers in Hawick have been left with next to no service – a deeply frustrating situation for individuals and businesses."

“In this digital age, mobile phones are an essential part of life and it is extremely unfair that people in rural areas are not being provided with a decent service or sometimes any service at all."

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Scottish Secretary welcomes outcome of independence consultation

by Tim Backshall
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore Credit: ITV Border

The Borders MP and Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore has welcomed the outcome of a public consultation on Scottish Independence. Mr Moore said that 75% of the 2,857 respondents agreed that there should be a SINGLE question on Scotland’s constitutional future.

The SNP government in Edinburgh is in favour of a second question, the so called ‘devo max’ option. Mr Moore also highlighted the 70% support for the vote to take place sooner rather than later. Mr Salmond’s team who want to see the vote delayed until the autumn of 2014.

75% support single question Credit: ITV Border

In a radio interview the Scottish Secretary admitted that a quarter of the responses to the government’s consultation exercise came from a ‘standard text’ on the Labour party’s website.

This led the Scottish government minister Bruce Crawford to call for the UK consultation to be subject to independent scrutiny, a call firmly rejected by Michael Moore.

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