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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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Clegg thanks Moore for the "vital role" he played

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has thanked Michael Moore for the "vital role" he played during his time as Secretary of State for Scotland.

In a letter to the Borders MP, the leader of the Liberal Democrats said that it was now time to "draw on different experiences":

Dear Mike I want to thank you for the vital role you have played as Secretary of State for Scotland over the past three years. You became Scottish Secretary in 2010 at a critical time in Scotland's relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom and you have managed the challenges of the situation with great skill and effectiveness. Not only have you successfully piloted through legislation to enable Scotland to take a major step towards the party's long held goal of 'Home Rule'.

It should be recognised that you secured both the Scotland Act and the Edinburgh Agreement in the context of a majority SNP government at Holyrood, and against a backdrop of an external political narrative that often suggested the legislation would fail and a referendum agreement could not be secured. You have achieved all of this while working ceaselessly for the interests of the Scottish people within the United Kingdom.

As we discussed when we spoke on Friday, I believe we now need to draw on different experience in the final year running up to the referendum

itself and I am keen that just as we have benefited from your formidable skills over the past three years that we take advantage of other experience within our ranks during this period. I am immensely grateful for all the work you have done at the Scotland Office and for the very significant contribution you have made to the first coalition government in 70 years. I have no doubt that there will be an opportunity for your talents to be deployed in government in the future.

Yours sincerely

Nick Clegg


Vote will be "memorable and above all, historic" says Scottish Secretary

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore said that in 12 months people will make a choice that "will affect our nation's future forever".

"This is an absolutely defining moment and a once-in-a-lifetime choice. That's why I hope people will think carefully as they prepare for the vote.

"I firmly believe that Scotland will be stronger, more secure and more prosperous if we remain as part of the UK.

"Between now and next September I will continue to argue this case as well as providing what I believe will be robust and persuasive evidence.

"I'm sure the year ahead will be both challenging and exciting as the arguments crystallise and people prepare to cast their vote. It will also be memorable and, above all, historic.

"We are all privileged to be able to play a part in it."

– Michael Moore MP

Michael Moore MP welcomes employment figures

Local MP Michael Moore has welcomed statistics released today which show a drop in the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the Borders.

Figures show that in July the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the Borders was 1,715, compared to 1,754 in June, a drop of 39.

“It is good to see that the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the Borders has dropped again.

"Every person back in work is a boost to them, their family and the local community so it’s great that there are 39 people back in work in the Borders compared to June.

“There is however no room for complacency because there are still 1,715 Borderers out of work and claiming JSA.

"Over the next few months, I will be working with local businesses to see how we can reduce unemployment even further and give people the opportunities they need to break into the job market through apprenticeships and work experience placements.”

– Michael Moore, MP
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