New job for Maxwell

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A West Scotland MSP has been handed a key role in forming Scotland’s independence referendum.

Stewart Maxwell has been appointed as a member of the newly-formed Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee at the Scottish Parliament.

The cross-party group of MSPs will examine the implementation of the Parliament’s referendum Bill on independence ahead of the vote in 2014.

The committee has been put in place following the signing of the Edinburgh Agreement last week by First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron which paves the way for a referendum on Scotland becoming an independent country.

Mr Maxwell will look at a number of areas of the franchise including the proposed date, 
the wording of the question, 
campaign finance and issues regarding the conduct of the campaign.

Stewart Maxwell MSP told The Extra:”I am delighted with the appointment.

“It is important that we deliver a fair referendum which is respected by both Holyrood and Westminster, and I look forward to working alongside my fellow committee members to do so.

“This is the biggest political decision the people of Scotland will make in a generation, so I am determined to ensure that we deliver a referendum which meets the highest standards of fairness and transparency.”