Devolution is greatest political achievement in 300 years – Jardine

Lib Dem MP for Edinburgh West, Christine Jardine, joined MPs from across the UK to mark 20 years of devolution in a debate in the House of Commons.

By David Ronald Evans, Jul 16, 2019 2:07

Lib Dem MP for Edinburgh West, Christine Jardine, joined MPs from across the UK to mark 20 years of devolution in a debate in the House of Commons Today.

The debate was tabled by the Scottish and Welsh Affairs Committees to mark the occasion.

Ms Jardine used her speech to mark the successes over the lifetime of the Scottish Parliament.

The Liberal Democrats have supported home rule for Scotland for over 100 years and Ms Jardine welcomed the Tories and SNPs eventual support for devolution, neither party having engaged with the Constitutional Convention.

Following the debate, Ms Jardine said: “For those of us who worked hard for devolution, campaigning from 1979 to 1997, devolution is the greatest political achievement in 300 years.

“We are now in a place where all major parties support devolution.

“Though we have many successes, we have had our rocky patches, with a year lost with not a single bill passed as we argued over independence.

“I hope over the next 20 years, parliamentarians in both Westminster and Holyrood will focus on the day job, defend devolution and put all their efforts into the good governance of Scotland.

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