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Conservative MPs meet to discuss referendum fall-out

Senior Conservatives will meet later to discuss plans for reform at Westminster in response to the Scottish referendum result. The "no vote" has raised fresh questions on both sides of the border about new powers for Scotland, and whether Scottish MPs should still be allowed to vote on English-only matters.


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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Miliband cool on 'English votes for English laws' plan

Ed Miliband has attacked David Cameron's proposal for 'English votes for English laws', saying he is trying to "drive our country apart".

The Prime Minister has called on the Labour leader to make clear whether he would support measures to stop Scottish MPs voting on matters that only affect people in England.

Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Miliband said he was open to "greater scrutiny" of English-only legislation, but insisted it could not be hurried.

"I am open to the idea of greater scrutiny of legislation by English MPs...but we can't do it in a back of the envelop, fag packet way," he said.

"We've spent two years trying to keep our country together, let's have a proper constitutional convention, let's look at these issues, but let's not do this, let's not drive our country apart because David Cameron thinks it's an opportunity to do it, let's keep our country together," Mr Miliband added.


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PM challenges Miliband over 'English votes for English laws'

David Cameron has called on Ed Miliband to work with him to ensure only English MPs can vote on English laws.

David Cameron has said Scottish MPs should not vote on English issues. Credit: PA Wire

Promising to deliver a "truly fair settlement for the whole of the UK", the Prime Minister urged the Labour leader to help address the "fundamentally unjust" situation which means Scottish MPs can vote on laws which do not apply to their constituents.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Mr Cameron said if Miliband did not agree, he should explain to the British people "why they shouldn't have the same powers as we are rightfully devolving to the people of Scotland".

"Why should Scottish MPs be able to vote on what is taught in English schools, to reduce spending on English hospitals, or even vary English or Welsh income taxes, when under the new settlement English or Welsh MPs would have no say in such matters in Scotland?" Mr Cameron said.

Meanwhile, Mr Cameron said a timetable for giving Scotland a new range of powers over tax, spending and welfare would be met, after Alex Salmond accused Westminster of "tricking" No voters.

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."

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