Maureen’s Matters - Looking back

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As 2014 draws to a close, I look back to see a different Scotland than the one I viewed a year ago.

The conversation, debate, and engagement sparked by the Referendum went beyond politics - it urged all of us think about what this country means to us and what our place is in the world of today.

Determined to exert their right to a voice, 97 per cent of Scotland’s population registered to vote in the Referendum. And the conversation did not end on September 19 – the membership of the SNP tripling proves as much, and I look forward to this continuing into the New Year and beyond.

With the publication of the Smith Commission on November 27, we saw concrete proposals formed as a direct result of the Referendum. Every devolved power brings us closer to a better, more just Scotland, and we will continue what we started.

But there is still a long way to go. With experts predicting a ‘renaissance’ for oil and gas in the North Sea, and with the food and drink industry expanding rapidly in the North-east, I know that across my constituency and, in Scotland as a whole, there is a bright future ahead.

I believe that we should have the power to harness this future, by having more control over the oil and gas revenue from the North Sea, over taxation and welfare in Scotland.

I will continue to fight for the strongest future possible for Scotland and I hope this is something that we can work together to achieve. For now however, I content myself with hoping that you enjoy a happy Christmas and wish you all the best for 2015.