Scottish Liberal Democrat deputy leader Alistair Carmichael MP has today congratulated Labour on their “long, slow walk to federalism” after the Scottish Labour conference passed a motion in favour of a federal UK and a constitutional convention.
Mr Carmichael said:
"A new set of constitutional arrangements to replace the treaties of union was exactly what was proposed by former Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell’s commission on Federalism in 2012.
“Therefore I congratulate the Labour Party on their long, slow walk to federalism. It’s nice to see them join the 21st century for once, rather than remaining stuck in 1983.
“We need a thorough refresh of the UK system of governance. No more centralised solutions but devolution of power to communities instead.
“And for these future arrangements to enjoy support across the society and across the UK, there needs to be a Constitutional Convention – once again well-established Lib Dem policy.
"These radical changes offers the best chance for our country to flourish. It’s a shame Labour have taken so long to get to this point.”