SNP MSP James Dornan has praised the success of devolution twenty years on from the referendum on a Scottish Parliament.

83.6% of voters in Glasgow backed the plans in the 1997 referendum, which saw 74% of Scots vote for a devolved parliament. The Scottish Parliament was then reconvened in 1999.

Commenting, James Dornan said:

“Devolution has been an enormous success for Glasgow and for Scotland.

“A whole generation of Scots has now grown up with a Scottish Parliament – and because of devolution those young people have votes at 16 for Scottish elections, the Educational Maintenance Allowance, free university tuition and one of the lowest youth unemployment rates in Europe.

“And whether it’s effectively ending the Bedroom Tax, providing free personal care for the elderly or having the best performing A&Es in the UK, devolution has benefited people across Scottish society.

“But we should always be restless in our ambition to make life better for the people who live here. And the more powers our Parliament has, the more we can, collectively, do for Scotland.

“Over coming months the Scottish Government will bring forward proposals for further devolution of powers over employment, social security, immigration and trade.

“But the Tory Brexit plans threaten to undermine the very principle of devolution by reserving powers over areas such as agriculture, fishing and the environment as they return from Brussels.

“That would be an unacceptable power grab – and we shouldn’t stand for it.”


1997 Yes vote by local authority

Aberdeen City 71.8%

Aberdeenshire 63.9%

Angus 64.7%

Argyll and Bute 67.3%

Clackmannanshire 80.0%

Dumfries and Galloway 60.7%

Dundee City 76.0%

East Ayrshire 81.1%

East Dunbartonshire 69.8%

East Lothian 74.2%

East Renfrewshire 61.7%

City of Edinburgh 71.9%

Falkirk 80.0%

Fife 76.1%

Glasgow City 83.6%

Highland 72.6%

Inverclyde 78.0%

Midlothian 79.9%

Moray 67.2'%

North Ayrshire 76.3%

North Lanarkshire 82.6%

Perth and Kinross 61.7%

Renfrewshire 79.0%

Scottish Borders 62.8%

South Ayrshire 66.9%

South Lanarkshire 77.8%

Stirling 68.5%

West Dunbartonshire 84.7%

West Lothian 79.6%

Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 79.4%

Orkney 57.3%

Shetland 62.4%

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