This week the people of Scotland will face a momentous decision. To stay together with the rest of the UK or to go it alone and vote for separation.
During the past few weeks I have been up to Scotland to speak to voters and to support a vote for the stay together option.
Many people living across the UK have Scottish family and friends. We have a strong shared and proud history. But more than that, what is needed today is the same, both sides of the border.
People in Glasgow want similar things to people living in Liverpool. A strong but fair economy, social justice and security. We want the economy to do better, and for all to feel the benefit.
This friendship between Scotland and the north west is the reason I’ve been coming to Scotland this week to show my love and desire for us to stick together. Not because everything in the UK is great – far from it. We are too Westminster-centric. And Westminster itself is too dominated by people who have not experienced ordinary life in Britain. I got into politics to help change that.
But still, we have more chance of achieving great things with the people of the north west and Scotland working as one rather than apart as we face similar challenges.
Scotland will decide its own future but I want to see them remain as part of a United Kingdom. United in many ways to achieve a fair deal for our communities and our future together. Our objectives remain the same for example to tackle the causes of poverty and build an economy where people aren’t left behind.
By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News