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Last Updated: Monday, 5 November 2007, 16:12 GMT
Political rivals in show of unity
Nicol Stephen, Wendy Alexander and Annabel Goldie
Nicol Stephen, Wendy Alexander and Annabel Goldie back the review
The leaders of three unionist parties in Scotland have set up a review to strengthen devolution.

Labour's Wendy Alexander; the Conservative's Annabel Goldie and the Liberal Democrats Nicol Stephen believe the process will be wide-ranging.

They also said that following their meeting on Monday they would seek formal approval of their plans from the Scottish Parliament.

The review promises to be cross-party and cross-border.

The get-together at the Scotland Office in Edinburgh was also attended by the Secretary of State for Scotland Des Browne and the respective Shadow Secretaries of State for Scotland, David Mundell (Tories) and Alastair Carmichael (Lib Dems).

They agreed not only to strengthen devolution but to secure Scotland's place in the Union and to "serve the people of Scotland better".

Before the review gets under way, the group wants the endorsement of their respective parties at UK level.

A future meeting will be held in London to formalise the remit and procedure of future talks.



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