Purvis: Devolution gives more powers to our communities

Jeremy Purvis, former MSP for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale, is set to use a House of Lords debate on twenty years of devolution to list the successes of devolution and raise the importance of localism to establishing a long term legacy for local communities.

Commenting ahead of the debate, Lord Purvis said:

“Devolution is all about giving powers back to communities and trusting them to make the best decisions for their areas. I am proud of the legacy we have in Scotland from my time in the Scottish Parliament.

“Delivering the funding for the borders railway, decentralised government authorities, and saving higher education campuses like the Borders campus in Galashiels. These are Lib Dem successes delivered because of devolution, and without which we would never have achieved them. Devolution gives more powers to our communities, and I am proud of the time I have spent representing Scotland in both of Scotland’s Parliaments.

“As the only party which is fighting for Scotland’s place in the UK, and the UK’s place in the EU, the Liberal Democrats are the only party representing Scotland’s view on two of the biggest issues of the day."

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