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Ashdown: Don't play politics over vow.


LORD Ashdown yesterday slammed David Cameron and Ed Miliband for their row after the No vote.

The former Lib Dem leader demanded that the vow given to Scotland should enjoy priority over devolution south of the Border as he urged the Prime Minister and the Labour leader not to delay on delivering extra powers for Holyrood.

He said: "The ink is not even dry on the promises they made, the ballot boxes are not even closed, and Miliband and Cameron are already running away from the promises they made.

"To renege on a solemn promise like that will destroy Westminster's legitimacy and reputation in Scotland - and will do the same in England, too.

"If they didn't realise what they were signing up to, bad luck.

"They've signed up to it, they now have to deliver to Scotland.

"There can be no question of linking that to England because all that will happen is that Labour will be opposed to that.

"Cameron has been very clearly playing politics - making a proposition Labour couldn't accept, and that slows up the Scottish promise.

"He quite deliberately, to satisfy his backbenchers and also to create a trap for Labour, played politics with his own promise. That's pretty disgraceful.

"That promise to Scotland was made in something as close to blood as you get in politics. It must be delivered."

Ashdown said First Minister Alex Salmond was right to be outraged.

He added: "I have to say I think his anger was entirely justified.

"It's not too late to go back on this stupidity of the last 48 hours. No voters will feel that way too."


OUTRAGED Lord Ashdown

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Sep 22, 2014
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