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Cameron will deliver devolution promises ‘as fast as he can’

David Cameron says he will lead a government for “one nation” but will implement as fast as he can the devolution deals that all parties agreed for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street after visiting Buckingham Palace, Cameron said: “I have always believed in governing with respect that’s why in the last Parliament, we devolved power to Scotland and Wales and gave the people of Scotland a referendum on whether to stay within the UK.” 

Following yesterday’s general election, the Welsh Conservatives had their best Westminster election since 1983, winning 11 seats, three more than in 2010. 

Cameron added that he would strive to “bring the country together” after the SNP’s resounding victory in Scotland as well as having a referendum on the UK’s EU membership. 

Although Cameron didn’t offer full fiscal autonomy to Scotland, he added that the government will ensure that Scotland has increased powers over taxes. “In Scotland, our plans are to create the strongest devolved government anywhere in the world,” he said. 

While outside Number 10, Cameron reeled off a list of pledges for the next five years adding that no constitutional settlement would be complete “if it did not offer also fairness to England”. 

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