The people of Scotland have spoken. We have chosen unity over division and positive change rather than needless separation.
It is a momentous result for Scotland and also for the United Kingdom as a whole.
By confirming our place within the Union, we have reaffirmed all that we have in common and the bonds that tie us together.
Let them never be broken.
But as we celebrate, let us also listen. More than 85 per cent of the Scottish population has voted. People who were disengaged from politics have turned out in large numbers.
While they have voted on the constitution, that was not the only or perhaps the major issue that drove them to the polls.
Every political party must listen to their cry for change, which could be echoed in every part of our United Kingdom but had this opportunity to express itself in Scotland.
To those who have supported us, and all the great team of volunteers who have worked for this outcome, I want to say thanks from the bottom of my heart.
You represent the majority of opinion. Your voices have been heard.. We have taken on the argument and won. The silent have spoken.
Of course I understand that amongst those who supported Yes there will be disappointment, or even grief. Defeat is painful, as I can tell you from personal experience.
I know there are many people with deep and genuine commitment to Scotland on the Yes side. They will and must continue to make their contribution to the political debate.
But that debate must move on from the constitution to the day and daily issues which affect their lives and prospects.
And the Scottish Parliament must use both the powers it holds and those which are coming to it, to address these concerns.
When the Scottish Parliament was born, deliv…