Poll shows support for the Union

IT’S 10 years this week since the launch of the Scottish Parliament – and the devolution brought to Scotland by the Labour Party.

A new poll for the BBC shows that while there is support for greater powers for the Scottish Parliament – a majority of Scots still want us to retain ties to the rest of the UK for defence and foreign policy matters.

Iain Gray MSP – leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament – said: "This poll shows two things – devolution has been a success and most Scots want to remain part of Britain. It backs up once again that Labour is in touch with what most Scots want and is a slap in the face for the SNP and their ambition to break up Britain.

Scots appreciate the strength in being part of the Union, particularly after the Labour government intervened to save our two biggest banks at the height of the credit crunch. Thousands of jobs were saved and with it the Scottish economy. – IAIN GRAY MSP

"Scots appreciate the strength in being part of the Union, particularly after the Labour government intervened to save our two biggest banks at the height of the credit crunch. Thousands of jobs were saved and with it the Scottish economy.

"When Labour came into government in 1997 we recognised people wanted a closer say in how Scotland was run after two decades of Tory rule. We introduced devolution. Ten years on we set up the Calman Commission to look at more powers for the Scottish Parliament.

"A year ago Labour offered the SNP a referendum on a straight question and they ran away. Alex Salmond will only ever consider a referendum that is rigged. It is only right people want a say in how the country is run but I believe their top priority now is economic recovery. That is what Labour is focusing on and so should the SNP."

Read the BBC story on the poll here

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