Westminster coalition has 'real benefits'

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EDINBURGH'S only Liberal Democrat MP has highlighted the "real benefits" he claims the new UK coalition government will bring to the Capital.

Mike Crockart, MP for Edinburgh West, said the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition's programme for government included big steps forward in a number of areas.

He said: "This is a bold and ambitious agreement. It will bring real positive change for Edinburgh.

"The establishment of a high speed rail network is something that would make travel by Scottish passengers faster and greener, bringing benefits to both our economy and our environment."

He also highlighted a pledge to restore the earnings link of the basic state pension, plans to roll out super-fast broadband across the country and moves to ensure post offices can offer a wide range of services to sustain the network.

He said: "Changes will not happen overnight but it's clear in this document that there will be real benefits to Edinburgh."