“The people of Scotland have spoken and it is a clear result”, announced Prime Minister David Cameron after voters decisively rejected independence overnight.
Iain Stewart MP for Milton Keynes South, who was born and raised in South Lanarkshire, was in Edinburgh where the long-awaited result of the Scottish Referendum was announced.
Speaking to the Citizen following the result, Mr Stewart said he was “pleased and relieved” that Scotland had voted to stay part of the United Kingdom.
He said: “I really do believe that England, Scotland and the rest of the UK are stronger, more prosperous and more successful together than apart.
“Now is the time for us to take a calm look at the devolution arrangements to make sure they work fairly for all parts of the UK.”
The ‘No’ side won with 55 percent of the votes against 45 percent for ‘Yes’ across the 32 councils.
Just Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire, Dundee and North Lanarkshire voted to leave the union.
Mr Cameron has said there will be no “re-run” over the decision, but did promise a devolution revolution across Great Britain - with plans for draft legislation on new powers of legislation for both Scotland and England expected to be published in January.
Andrew Pakes, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South, said he believes the referendum has sent out a strong message for bigger change in the way Westminster is run.
Mr Pakes said: “I hope that we can now see much greater power granted to cities like Milton Keynes to make decisions over the issues that affect us.
“The last thing we need is another Westminster stitch up with more power concentrated in the hands of fewer MPs.
“Instead of talking about what MPs will get votes on what issues, David Cameron should be looking at how we transfer more power to local communities.”