Alistair Darling, who was Labour Chancellor in the run up to the financial crisis,
launched the 'No' to independence campaign in Edinburgh today
Scottish independence: Scottish independence ‘No’ campaign launched
by Jamie Mann
The ‘Better Together’ campaign urging Scots to remain part of the Union was launched in Edinburgh today.
Scottish Labour MSP and former Chancellor of the Exchequer Alastair Darling introduced the event at Edinburgh Napier University's lecture hall in Craiglockhart, where he will outline the argument for keeping Scotland as part of the UK.
Mr Darling is joined by former Conservative leader Annabel Goldie and former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy as well as leaders of Scottish pro-Union parties: Labour’s Johann Lamont, Ruth Davidson of the Tories and The Lib Dem’s Willie Rennie.
Mr Darling said that the campaign’s significance had surpassed party politics:
"Those of us who believe that it is best for Scotland to be part of the UK, from whatever political views, have a duty now to work in harmony to argue for the better, stronger choice”.
“This is a campaign that will make sure that the patriotism of the quiet majority to be heard alongside the voices of the committed view. We share a common platform on this single issue because, along with so many of our fellow Scots, we believe that a better future for ourselves and our children is as a partner in the United Kingdom."
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The anti-independence campaign launches only a month after the ‘Yes Scotland’ pro-independence campaign where The First Minister Alex Salmond was joined by co-leader of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie Scottish Socialists leader Colin Fox to pledge the case for Scotland to become an independent country.
Though, the campaign faced hardship less-than a fortnight in as the Greens removed their affiliation with Yes Scotland after a vote from the party’s ruling council because they claimed that decision making was being dominated by the SNP.
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