Moore replaced in Lib Dem reshuffle

Hawick MP Michael Moore, seen here at the signing of the Edinburgh Agreement with Prime Minister David Cameron, has been replaced as Secretary of State
Hawick MP Michael Moore, seen here at the signing of the Edinburgh Agreement with Prime Minister David Cameron, has been replaced as Secretary of State

HAWICK MP Michael Moore has been sacked as Secretary of State for Scotland following a Liberal Democrat reshuffle at Westminster.

Mr Moore, who is being replaced by Lib Dem chief whip Alistair Carmichael, has expressed his pride in the part he played in the constitutional debate which he says is at a “critical stage”.

He told the Hawick News: “It has been a huge privilege to serve as Secretary of State for Scotland for the past three years, with the delivery of more powers for the Scottish Parliament through the Scotland Act and negotiating the Edinburgh Agreement to secure a legal, fair and decisive referendum being two particular highlights.

“Throughout my time in government I have drawn great support from people across the Borders. I am hugely grateful for that support and I have been proud to draw attention to the region in the work that I have been doing nationally.

“But my ongoing constituency work over the past few years has kept me focused on the challenges facing people and I will continue to work hard on behalf of my constituents in the months ahead.”

In a letter to Mr Moore, Lib Dem party leader Nick Clegg said: “Not only have you successfully piloted through legislation to enable Scotland to take a major step towards the party’s long-held goal of Home Rule, but you have also ensured that the referendum next year will give the Scottish people a clear and decisive question on which to cast their vote.”

He added: “I believe we now need to draw on different experience in the final year running up to the referendum itself and I am keen that just as we have benefited from your formidable skills over the past three years that we take advantage of other experience within our ranks during this period.”