105,000 Scots sign more powers petition - Brown

Gordon Brown gives a speech in Fife during the Scottish independence referendum campaign. Picture: TSPL
Gordon Brown gives a speech in Fife during the Scottish independence referendum campaign. Picture: TSPL
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SCOTS are being urged to sign a petition calling on the Westminster parties to deliver more powers for Holyrood and send a signal “rejecting any Tory strings” on the deal.

Former prime minister Gordon Brown said more than 105,000 people had already put their names to the petition, demanding that David Cameron honour the vow to transfer more powers that was made in advance of the independence referendum.

In a bid to attract more support, a street stall where people can sign the petition is being set up in Cowdenbeath, Fife, this morning.

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Speaking ahead of the event, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP Mr Brown said: “I urge both Yes and No voting Scots to sign the petition on the vow of a stronger Scottish Parliament to send a signal rejecting any Tory strings attached, now or later, to the delivery of the pre-referendum promises of more extensive devolution.

“The issue is not whether we have change or not: change is guaranteed. The question is whether it comes with strings attached qualifying the original promises.”

The street stall will be opened by local Labour MSPs Alex Rowley and Jayne Baxter.

Mr Rowley said: “My belief is that No voters understand that we will do everything in our power to ensure that the change that they voted for is delivered with no damaging conditions attached.

“My conviction is that Yes voters will also want to support this effort to ensure that the promises made are promised enacted intact at the earliest opportunity.”

Ms Baxter said: “Our goal is to unite Scotland within the UK by delivering the promises intact.

“The last thing we want is to allow Scotland to be distanced from the UK by relegating the role of Scottish representation at Westminster.”

As the dust settles on Scotland’s historic referendum, The Scotsman has created a special digital supplement to document the twists and turns of this hard-fought campaign.