Scottish independence: Sir Harry Burns says Yes vote could be 'positive' for health

Sir Harry Burns Sir Harry was Scotland's chief medical officer for eight years before announcing in January that he was to step down

A former chief medical officer has said Scottish independence could be "very positive" for the country's health.

Sir Harry Burns told BBC Scotland that people's health could be improved if they felt more in control of their lives.

He also said he feared for the way the health service was going in England.

Pro-Union campaigners have previously argued that remaining part of the UK would "secure the best future" for the NHS in Scotland.

Speaking to the Crossfire programme on BBC Radio Scotland, Sir Harry said: "The question is, would people in an independent country feel more in control of their lives?

"If they did, then that would be very positive for their health. If people felt that they were able to engage more with local government, with central government and make choices more easily for themselves then that would improve their health."

He said the question of how independence would make people feel more in control would "depend very much on the political decisions that are made".

Health inequalities

But he added: "At the moment, decisions - particularly about the health service - being made in England are very different from the decisions being made in Scotland.

"That is very important because I fear for the way the health service is going in England."

Sir Harry stepped down in January after eight years as Scotland's top doctor, to concentrate on fighting health inequalities.

He has previously said that health inequality was the biggest issue facing Scotland.

On Thursday, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond warned of a "growing threat" to the Scottish NHS from an agenda of "privatisation and fragmentation" at Westminster.

But speaking at the launch of the pro-UK NHS Together group earlier this month, Scottish Labour MSP Jackie Baillie said: "Our NHS is the best example of why we can have the best of both worlds for Scotland.

"Decisions about our health service are taken here in Scotland, by the people who live and work here. That's as it should be.

"The investment needed to sustain our NHS, however, comes from taxpayers across the whole of the UK, not just in Scotland, which is why spending on health here is higher per head than the UK average. That's a powerful and positive case for Scotland staying in the UK."

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    12:55: English votes for English laws?

    Should Scottish MPs be banned from voting on English laws? The BBC's Daily Politics show has carried out a highly-scientific survey at the Labour Party conference in Manchester.

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    12:49: Devolution issues linked David Porter Westminster correspondent

    Pure politics and pure political advantage is now at play after the referendum.

    It was very noticeable on Friday morning when David Cameron made his speech how he linked these two issues.

    He said there should be more devolution for England, there should be more devolution for Scotland but England's concerns would have to be met as well.

    Downing Street are saying the two things work in tandem but one is no longer conditional on the other.

    Like all political issues there is going to have to be compromise at some point if there is going to be an agreement.

    I think all the Westminster leaders know very sharply that if they were to be seen in any way to be reneging on extra powers for Scotland, that would cause quite a backlash.

    12:43: Scottish votes on English matters David Porter Westminster correspondent

    At the moment Labour has more than 40 MPs in Scotland, if Ed Miliband was to win the general election those MPs from Scotland would be very useful to him, not only in voting on Scottish matters but also in voting on perhaps health and education reforms which would primarily affect England.

    Without the votes of those Scottish MPs he may not be able to get those reforms through. That is what really concerns Labour.

    Labour says it wants extra devolution for Scotland. It also wants extra devolution for England. But it does not want the two issues linked.

    12:38: West Lothian Question David Porter Westminster correspondent

    Here at the Labour conference in Manchester, the repercussions of the Scottish independence referendum and the knock-on effects for constitutional reform, not just in Scotland but in the whole of the UK, have dominated proceedings - I think a little to the annoyance of the Labour leadership.

    Also down at the prime minister's private residence Chequers in Buckinghamshire today we have Tory backbenchers meeting Mr Cameron to discuss what they want as devolution for England and of course the West Lothian question concerning the voting rights of Scottish MPs on English matters.

    It is being suggested today the prime minister may sanction a vote before the general election which would seek to reduce the voting power of Scottish MPs.

    12:32: 'Our duty'

    Labour's shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, tells delegates in Manchester: "The people of Scotland did not vote for the status quo.

    "They voted for the opportunity to shape Scotland's future with greater devolution, and it's our duty to deliver on that promise."

    The UK's constitution does need to be changed, he says, but this process "must start with the people not politicians".

    Ed Balls
    12:24: SNP membership

    SNP chief executive Peter Murrell tweets: Mega drum roll... @theSNP now has 40,000 members. Big welcome to all 14,358 newbies. Join too and make a difference:

    12:17: TUC reaction

    Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress general secretary, says the "perpetual squabbling" between the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems over devolution shows "they have learned nothing from the recent referendum campaign".

    "Many of those who voted, some for the first time, and on both sides, voted for the constitutional settlement they felt would create a fairer and more just Scotland. They also voted for significant new powers for the Scottish Parliament and for more direct engagement with people and communities over the decisions which affect their lives.

    "They aren't going to be passive participants in the process or tolerate political obfuscation or compromise. The sooner the politicians recognise this, and get down to working with civil society and the communities and people of Scotland to deliver a comprehensive new devolution settlement, the better."

    Text 80295 12:15: Referendum - Your Views

    Robert, aged 77: I voted Yes. Fed up with Westminster, don't believe we can't run our own country, the big money men are a threat 2 an independent Scotland.

    Peter, Ayrshire: I voted Yes, because with a No vote there is a good chance Scotland will be involved in a war in the Middle East, and David Cameron will be prime minister for a second term because the people of England will see him as the saviour of the UK; the man who saved the strength of the pound, and a hero for middle England. In short: another government Scotland did not vote for.

    Dave from Fife: I am very proud and fortunate to be born a Scot. However, I am equally proud to be a UK citizen and will never give either up.

    12:04: 'Indifference to working class'

    Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, has dismissed David Cameron's plans for a devolution settlement, saying constitutional change should not be decided by "posh boys in Chequers" but by political debate with the people.

    Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite

    He says working people throughout England and Wales "have also had enough" and want change - and says: "Let the Scottish referendum be the tombstone on 20 years of our party's indifference to the interests of the working class".

    @BBCJohnBeattie 12:00: Never Miss A Beat... John Beattie BBC Scotland

    Today's simple question: why did you vote the way you voted? You can listen to the political debate on the John Beattie show here.

    11:55: 'Political hangover'

    Dr Gerry Hassan, of the University of West Scotland, says there is a "bit of a political hangover in Scotland at the moment".

    Some people, he adds, "are simply not willing to let the referendum go, to accept and move on.

    "It's all fine, but Scotland at one point has to pause, and breathe, and allow people to move on - because the referendum was last Thursday."

    11:44: 'Package that works'

    Another Tory MP meeting David Cameron today, James Wharton, said the aim was to "deliver a package that works for the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, just as it does for the people of Scotland".

    11:38: Voting rights

    Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has said that if there was a vote in the Commons on English devolution, the Labour Party would not "vote for something that wouldn't work".

    It comes as Prime Minister David Cameron holds a summit with key Conservative figures to discuss his plans to limit the voting rights of Scottish MPs on English issues.

    @BBCJohnBeattie 11:34: Never Miss A Beat... John Beattie BBC Scotland

    Folks, on the prog @BBCRadioScot today we will try to look at who voted what and why... and find out what it means for political landscape.

    Analysis 11:31: SNP surge? Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    The voters may have rejected the SNP's defining policy of independence, but the party clearly isn't done fighting yet.

    As Labour makes its appeal to win back supporters who voted "Yes" last Thursday, the SNP is talking itself up as a force to be reckoned with, suggesting it's on-track to win the 2016 Holyrood election - citing a membership surge and promising poll predictions.

    Outgoing First Minister Alex Salmond, who will address the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, says his opponents tricked people into voting "No" with a last-minute promise of new devolved powers, and the Scottish government now wants to put itself in a strong position to argue for as many new powers from Westminster as possible.

    Outgoing First Minister Alex Salmond

    The problem with all this, say Scotland's pro-Union parties, is that Mr Salmond needs to fully accept the referendum result, while No 10 has dismissed claims that it's reneging on more devolved powers.

    Meanwhile, the SNP leadership contest is on the horizon following Mr Salmond's decision to stand down, with current deputy Nicola Sturgeon the clear frontrunner to succeed him.

    The new leader will take the reins at the SNP conference in November, after which Mr Salmond will stand down as first minister.

    MSPs vote on his successor in that job, although the SNP's parliamentary majority will ensure it goes to their new leader.

    11:25: 'Rather strange'

    One of the Conservative MPs meeting David Cameron at Chequers for constitution talks is former Attorney General Dominic Grieve.

    This morning, he told BBC Radio 5live Breakfast it was "bizarre and "rather strange" that the three main Westminster party leaders, ahead of the referendum, promised that the Barnett funding formula should continue.

    Dominic Grieve

    "It was introduced as a stopgap over 30 years ago and it's still with us today," Mr Grieve said. "

    It does seem to me a little bit surprising if this is not an issue that shouldn't be looked at, at the same time."

    11:15: 'Bit of a mess and a muddle'

    David Cameron is meeting senior Conservative MPs at Chequers today to discuss his plans for constitutional change after Scotland rejected independence.

    Political commentator Alex Massie says it remains to be seen what will be raised and subsequently delivered.

    "It's a bit of a mess and a muddle at the moment and nobody's quite sure exactly what the prime minister is going to propose," he told BBC Radio Scotland.

    Prime Minister David Cameron

    "Although, presumably, it'll based upon the Tory Party's existing policy. Lots of Tory MPs don't appear to know that they do have a Scottish policy at the moment which is to base recommendations on those made by Lord Strathclyde and his commission, which was published earlier this year.

    "That would be the devolution of all income tax, some modest welfare responsibilities and so on.

    "But, any time you get a whole load of politicians in a room together, you can't be entirely sure of the outcome, except that it's probably going to disappoint a lot of people."

    11:01: Post referendum polling

    Mark Diffley, research director of polling company Ipsos Mori, has told BBC News that voters will be asked why they voted the way they did in the referendum so the result can be analysed.

    Votes cast in the referendum on independence

    He adds: "Scottish voters now, whether they voted 'Yes' or 'No', really do expect the proposals that were made in relation to the Scottish Parliament to be delivered according to the timetable that was set out before the referendum last week."

    Text 80295 10:56: Referendum - Your Views

    Anon: For me, a major issue is the quality of MSPs in Holyrood. If Holyrood is to have more powers, we need to attract quality MSPs. The majority of them are dire, and I wouldn't trust them to organise a school reunion, let alone Scotland's tax and benefit system. They are already making a right pig's ear of the Scottish NHS.

    Nathan, Forres: Oh Jim Murphy - despite many attempts to ask you and Better Together could never provide an answer to that. Labour chipped away at the older folk, calling back several times despite them telling you they knew such things as pensions were safe. Well done to you all for fighting a dirty yet predictable campaign.

    Anon: I voted for a fairer country. One where all politicians from all persuasions would have been able to focus their politics and efforts on those living in Scotland, for the benefit of everyone including the less well of! No doubt many No voters will have a crisis of conscience soon, having accepted, no bridge tolls, free bus passes, tuition fees, council tax etc. Who do these former SNP voters support now at the next election? The Better Together coalition? What an alliance forged by Thatcher's children!

  20. 10:48: Referendum - Get Involved

    Ian Telfer: Over the last three months Scottish Labour recruited circa 17 new members. Since last Friday morning, 13,382 new members for the SNP and counting. At this rate, the annual conference in November will have to be moved from Perth to Hampden

    Text 80295 10:40: Referendum - Your Views

    Ged, Dundee: I voted and made my mind up before the election. Mr Salmond should join together as he said it's Team Scotland. What is he doing now, keeping the country split.

    Anon: Scottish Labour is dead. Standing side by side with the Tories has killed them in Scotland. Now all we hear from Westminster is backtracking and broken promises. Tricked? Of course, the No's were tricked by lies.

    10:33: 'Victory without a vanquished'

    Labour's Jim Murphy, on stage at the Labour conference, says there are "so many things to celebrate" about the "No" vote.

    Jim Murphy

    "One of the lessons I would take is that we have to put the divisions of the past two years behind us," the shadow Cabinet minister said.

    "Both sides of that referendum spent two years emphasising their differences rather than what we had in common.

    "It has to be a victory without a vanquished.

    "We surely cannot have a United Kingdom but a divided Scotland."

    @Jack_Blanchard_ 10:23: Jack Blanchard, Mirror political correspondent

    Journalist Jack Blanchard, at the Labour conference in Manchester, tweets: Jim Murphy arrives to a hero's welcome: "It's great to be on a stage that's a bit bigger and more stable than an Irn Bru crate."

    Text 80295 10:18: Referendum - Get Involved

    Gavin: The powers will be delivered. However, it will take time. Why are people crying out that they have not been delivered yet? If Scotland voted for independence, this would not have happened overnight either and in fact it would have taken several years.

    Elaine in Glasgow: I did not vote No for devo max. I am not old; No because I won't be intimidated by Yes; No to keep the UK together. Alex Salmond made false promises. Yes need to accept that No won. Let's move on together.

    Murray, Dundee: I'm one of many people who voted No but don't want any extra powers. In fact, I want less powers for the Scottish parliament. A great expensive white elephant.

    10:09: 'Shifted the goalposts'

    Finance Minister John Swinney has criticised the "utterly unseemly activity" by the Westminster parties.

    John Swinney

    Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland this morning, he said they had "shifted the goalposts" over devolution of powers to Scotland.

    On the assurances from Labour's shadow Scottish secretary that powers would be transferred as promised, Mr Swinney says: "It's interesting that Margaret Curran was giving assurances this morning on behalf of the Conservative Party... as far as I know she has not been invited to Chequers".

    David Cameron is hosting a summit of senior Conservative MPs at his official country residence today to discuss his plans for constitutional change.

    Mr Swinney also reiterated his support for deputy SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon to replace Alex Salmond, saying she would be "an excellent candidate for the leadership of this party".

    He said: "I have made clear to Nicola that she can rely on my unreserved support for the leadership of the party."

    Text 80295 10:04: Referendum - Your Views

    Marg, Sutherland: Would it be better to keep the promises to Scotland first, then deal with England? Or am I very naive?

    Nathan, Forres: Ed Balls seems to take the West Lothian Question back on track with the wording "English votes for English Laws". It had morphed over the weekend to "English matters - English financial decisions" etc when we know fine well a lot of those things affect Scotland too.

    Anon: All the noise being made is by the Yes voters being sore losers. I voted No and would vote No again tomorrow. I would be more worried if some rush decision was made in two days than people actually debating the issues and working out what is best for everyone in the UK. It is ludicrous to think those who voted No expected change within the week. Let's be realistic and not get caught up in this Yes voter "everyone must be happy now, or else!" mentality.

    09:52: 'Powers will be delivered'

    Scotland's only Tory MP, David Mundell, told Morning Call: "The powers will be delivered. I'm sure we could spend the rest of the programme listening to people saying that they won't be and the only way I can refute that is to deliver them.

    "The test is the powers being delivered and I am absolutely confident that they will be."

    09:49: 'English votes for English laws'

    Speaking to the BBC this morning, Labour's Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said the prime minister's pledge to offer "English votes for English laws" is "possibly the most un-prime ministerial thing I've seen David Cameron do in the last few years".

    09:46: Another referendum?

    Former Highland Council leader, Michael Foxley expects there to be another independence referendum within five years.

    The long standing Lib-Dem politician voted 'Yes' for independence, contrary to his party's stance on staying part of the UK.

    He says he believes a second vote is likely because there is a "major risk" Westminster won't deliver substantial new powers to the Scottish Parliament and may also scrap the Barnett Formula.

    09:40: 'Tory MPs furious'

    Journalist Martin Hannan told Morning Call on BBC Radio Scotland: "Without any shadow of a doubt Gordon Brown's intervention with the promise of these powers swung the vote at the last minute. It stopped the momentum for Yes dead in its tracks and people were able to go in and vote No with a clear conscience, because Scotland would be getting more powers.

    "The fact is, we were told these things would happen over the weekend and what have we got today? We've got a meeting between the prime minister and Tory backbench MPs, who are furious at his promise to give more devolution."

  31. 09:38: Referendum - Your Views

    John, Kirkcaldy: It'll be a compromise. The lowest common denominator will prevail. The question is, if it'll be enough to get the agreement of the majority.

    Michael Welby: As an English voter and activist I am determined that the Scots people will get all that has been promised to them by the three leaders. At the same time I want the West Lothian Question addressed.

    09:30: 'Blown up' Tim Reid Political correspondent, BBC News

    Labour's Frank Field tweets: "Scotland has blown up the English constitution"

    Text 80295 09:10: Referendum - Your Views

    Robin, Glasgow: I voted No and I do have faith in the new powers being provided. What I never had faith in was Salmond's Vow that he and the Yes voters would accept the result of the referendum and move forward. He has clearly reneged on this, and now makes the sinister prediction the independence can be achieved "by other means". He clearly only wants to follow the sovereign will of the Scottish people if they agree with him.

    Ewan, Nairn: I am 99% sure that the powers (whatever they are, nobody seems to know) won't be delivered, either with substance or in any decent time. However, it's still only scraps and why ' Scotland' voted No to running its own affairs, getting ALL powers and becoming a democratic country is beyond me. Scotland is a pitiful laughing stock. Independence will come and make no mistake, the YES movement is bigger than ever and British Nationalism here will shrink into history.

    Anon: I am a No voter and I am perfectly happy with the way things are progressing with the Westminster parties. I wish Alex Salmond would just accept that; he lost his referendum that nobody asked for and that divided Scotland.

    John in Linlithgow: Do I believe Westminster will deliver more powers to Scotland? NO. And in the declared timescale? NO.

    08:59: 'Sovereign will of the people'

    Shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran said the guarantees made by the main parties during the referendum campaign on more powers for Scotland would not fall by the wayside.

    "The Scottish people made an emphatic decision on Thursday," she said. "All parties said before the referendum we'd respect that.

    "The sovereign will of the Scottish people has been expressed and we need to respect that and move forward with the guarantees and commitments made during the referendum campaign.

    "I absolutely guarantee that we have the work done and have substantial progress under way. We'll be moving forward on that immediately."

    Text 80295 08:54: Referendum - Get Involved

    Stuart from Fife: I just wish people would be more patient and realistic. It's only been a couple of days since the vote, the country has voted No and all the moaning and groaning will never change the will of the people. Everybody was sick and tired of all the stress caused by this vote, let's move on and give the politicians breathing space to carry out the job in hand!

    Stevie, Motherwell: I knew the 3 main leaders would go back on their word to Scotland. Gordon Brown had no right promising what he couldn't keep too. It was a devo-trap and I voted Yes.

    Danny: I voted No, I don't care about devo.

    Ryan McArthur, Rothesay, Bute: The promise will not be kept, independence is unstoppable and Scotland will be independent within 15 years.

    08:45: Referendum reaction Louise White Presenter, Morning Call

    An argument has erupted between Labour and the Conservatives surrounding the timetable for further devolved powers to be granted to Scotland following a 'No' vote in the referendum.

    David Cameron says that he also wants constitutional change for England with English MPs only to vote on English Laws and Ed Miliband feels that this shouldn't be attached to The Vow made to Scotland.

    Alex Salmond, meanwhile, has claimed that this shows Westminster is trying to renege on the deal.

    Do you have faith that Westminster will deliver on 'The Vow'?

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    08:33: Devolution commitments 'will be honoured'

    Shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran insists the political parties will honour their pledge to deliver more power to Scotland.

    The pledge, made by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg ahead of the referendum, has three parts and also commits to preserving the Barnett funding formula.

    Alex Salmond has accused the three UK party leaders of "reneging" on the pledge.

    The first part of the agreement promises "extensive new powers" for the Scottish Parliament "delivered by the process and to the timetable agreed" by the three parties.

    The second says the leaders agree that "the UK exists to ensure opportunity and security for all by sharing our resources equitably".

    Margaret Curran

    The third "categorically states" that the final say on funding for the NHS will lie with the Scottish government "because of the continuation of the Barnett allocation for resources, and the powers of the Scottish Parliament to raise revenue".

    "I can absolutely guarantee that the commitments we made during the campaign will be honoured," the shadow Scottish secretary told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland.

    "They [the Conservatives] can give that guarantee and I think they have given that guarantee. That's my understanding of what they've been saying all weekend.

    "What is clear and people should be assured about are those categoric assurances we have from all the parties that were part of this."

    Text 80295 08:25: Referendum - Your Views

    Anon: We were not tricked Mr Salmond, we voted NO because you did not have answers to the big important questions.

    Robert, Glasgow: Westminster will do what keeps the rest of the UK, their main electorate happy. They don't want to see more power go to Scotland so it won't happen. 1.6 million voices in Scotland will increase to 2.6 surely!

    Janine, East Lothian: Those who voted No did so for a range of reasons. What is clear in speaking to my family and friends is that many were unsure about full independence and were attracted by the devo-max we were promised at the last minute. If they don't deliver devo-max, surely the legitimacy of the whole referendum falls apart?

    08:10: What the papers say

    The Herald leads with a claim that Alex Salmond has argued that Scotland could achieve independence without another referendum.


    The Daily Record says a "rattled" David Cameron has been forced to make a "no ifs, no buts" commitment to more powers for Scotland.

    The Scotsman says the leaders of the three main UK parties are at odds over the delivery of further devolution.

    Read our newspaper round-up here.

    Text 80295 07:58: Referendum - Your Views

    Martin, Glasgow: I don't think a single person in Scotland wants the West Lothian Question to remain. We understand fairness. Why, then, is fixing it supposedly the reason for the collapse of the great Scottish bribe off?

    Lorna, Glasgow: These tax proposals are exactly what Better Together objected to for independence: cross border, tax etc. We should have had more info on this before the referendum.

    Anon: Nicola Sturgeon for first minister... mon the Irn Bru Lady.

    07:53: PM has 'muddied the waters'

    David Cameron has "muddied the waters" on devolved powers in the wake of Scotland's referendum vote, according to a Labour MP.

    Graham Allen, the MP for Nottingham North and chairman of the House of Commons political and constitutional reform committee, said the prime minister should deal with devolution for England separately.

    Labour MP Graham Allen

    "Promises were made by all the union parties; they have to be honoured and they will be honoured," Mr Allen told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme.

    "What's confusing people is the prime minister, threw in on Friday morning, that he wanted to look at English MPs and English votes.

    "I think that's muddied the waters and everyone would be happier if those issues were dealt with separately.

    "That won't compromise any promises that were made by those parties last week before the [referendum] vote took place.

    "There is a separate issue, which is very important, which is Scotland, through their fantastic democratic adventure of the referendum, has raised devolution for everyone else in the union.

    "Really, we just need to be honest about this. We're going to have, at some point, a federal parliament and system in the UK."

    Text 80295 07:40: Referendum - Get Involved

    Anon: UK parties letting Scotland down already; we've had broken promises before. Will we ever learn?

    07:34: Salmond claims voters were 'tricked'

    "No" voters in last week's independence referendum were "tricked" by a late vow of more devolved powers, according to Alex Salmond.

    Salmond, who is stepping down as Scotland's first minister, accused the three UK party leaders of "reneging" on the pledge they made days before Thursday's referendum which he claimed won the "No" vote.

    Alex Salmond

    No 10 dismissed his claims, as the three parties continue to disagree over handling the process of devolution.

    Voters in Scotland rejected independence by 55% to 45%.

  44. 07:25: Referendum - Your Views

    John Mason, Falkirk: Surely the big problem for the Tories is convincing their back-benchers that nothing is being given away to Scotland under increased powers, without letting the cat out the bag to those poor Scottish voters who misguidedly switched? While it's proposed the Barnett Formula remains, alas all new tax-raising powers are deducted from it. Hence, 'devo max' only works for Scotland if the new tax-raising powers exceed the Barnett block grant, and that's not likely to happen! Yes, Mr Brown, you can fool most of the people most of the time, you just did it!

    Ian: How dare you Alex! The people have spoken - let us do what we as a people and nation have done so well! Keep the heid, respect the democratic process and, aye, be humble. We helped create the modern world that way.

    07:18: West Lothian Question David Porter Westminster correspondent

    Here in Manchester [Labour Party conference] there's a palpable sense of relief at the result of the referendum vote. Most delegates enthusiastically back the idea of more powers for Scotland but many, particularly from Labour's English heartlands, want further devolution for their areas too.

    A growing number also believe that the West Lothian Question, concerning the voting rights and responsibilities of Scottish MPs, also needs to be looked at.

    The conference will get the chance to make its feelings about Scotland known this afternoon when the Scottish leaders address delegates in their formal report on Scotland.

    The shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran will say that the Labour Party must reach out to people who voted Yes across Scotland last week and assure them that real change is coming.

    Text 80295 07:10: Referendum - Get Involved

    Anon: Surely English people have some entitlement too? I feel Scots MPs should be banned from voting on English-only issues. In return, then Scotland will get some more powers. Let's hope the Scots don't feel that somehow they're more worthy then all others, they're not.

    07:04: Commons voting rights limited?

    David Cameron is hosting a summit of senior Conservative MPs at Chequers to discuss plans to limit the Commons voting rights of Scottish MPs.

    The prime minister has said a pledge to give Scotland more powers should go hand in hand with changing the role of Scottish politicians at Westminster.

    Alex Salmond (left) and David Cameron

    However, Labour leader Ed Miliband is opposed to linking the two issues.

    The three main parties pledged more devolution during the campaign to encourage Scots to reject independence.

    07:01: Labour 'reaches out' to 'Yes' voters

    Labour aims to reach out to supporters who voted for independence in last week's referendum.

    Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran said senior party figures would meet Labour voters who backed independence in last week's referendum.

    Three of the four local authorities where a majority of people voted "Yes" were Labour-controlled.

    And the SNP, Scottish Greens and Scottish Socialist Party say they have recruited many former Labour members.

    07:00: Thomas McGuigan BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and welcome to today's live page coverage of the latest post-referendum news and analysis.



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