In the coming months, we will hear a great deal about the referendum on Scottish independence. The coverage thus far has focused on the benefits for Scotland of remaining in the United Kingdom.
This is understandable, as it will be for Scottish voters to decide if they wish to withdraw from the Union.
Nevertheless, it is worth reminding ourselves of the benefits of the Union for the rest of the UK, including Kensington's residents.
At stake is nothing less fundamental than our continued peace and prosperity.
The original attraction of the Union to England was to ensure that as England, Scotland and Wales share the same island we enjoyed the stability and security from invasion that can best be achieved from having a united British Government.
This is not just a matter of ancient history. Irish neutrality during the Second World War made more difficult the battle against Hitler. Such considerations could again be relevant should Scots vote for independence, as the SNP's avowed policy is to withdraw from NATO, the organisation that underpins our common defence arrangements.
The second consideration is economic. The UK enjoys a truly single market. Yet if Scotland were to declare independence, English businesses engaging in trade would be have to struggle with differing tax rates, regulations, and possibly, import duties.
The prospect of an SNP Government seeking to prevent English firms from competition through the use of protectionist measures is at least a possibility.
As a Scot who serves as the MP for Kensington, I, of course, retain strong Unionist sympathies. These spring from a firm belief that the Union benefits both countries. England and Scotland would both be deeply disadvantaged by a split. For that reason, let us ensure that it never comes to pass.