Labour Takes Fight To Nationalists

Labour will today take its fight against independence to Scottish nationalists, campaigning for a No vote in the constituency of the Deputy First Minister.

With less than two weeks to go until the crucial ballot, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont will be in Nicola Sturgeon's Glasgow Southside constituency, urging SNP supporters to vote No.

The party claimed that almost a quarter of those who backed the SNP in the last Holyrood election in 2011 will vote in favour of the United Kingdom on September 18.

It comes after the SNP set out to win over Labour supporters ahead of the referendum.

Ms Sturgeon has repeatedly called on Labour activists to vote Yes, arguing that an independence for Scotland could reinvigorate their party, which has been out of power at Holyrood since 2007.

The Deputy First Minister is also expected to campaign in Glasgow today, telling voters that a Yes vote could provide an opportunity to create a fairer, more prosperous Scotland.

Ed Miliband yesterday urged his party's supporters to vote No, saying the change Scotland needs will be brought in by electing a Labour government at Westminster in next May's general election.

But Ms Sturgeon argued: "This debate is not about where we have come from or what party we belong to, it is about the people of Scotland, all of us, taking our future into our own hands.

"Across all of our communities people are waking up to the opportunity of independence to build a fairer society, to support our young people with greater job opportunities and to protect our public services like the NHS.

"We are seeing voters turning to yes from all political parties, from the trade unions, from business and from all of our communities because they want to seize the opportunity to put Scotland's future in Scotland's hands.''

Elsewhere on the referendum campaign Liberal Democrat politicians, including Advocate General for Scotland Lord Jim Wallace will be in Orkney to argue that remaining in the UK will help ensure beef farmers receive the best price for their produce.

Lord Wallace will be joined by former MEP George Lyon, who is now the chair of Rural Together, and Orkney MSP Liam McArthur, with the three claiming Scottish farmers currently receive a price dividend from being in the UK that would be lost if Scotland voted to leave.

A Better Together spokesman said: "We are less than two weeks away from the most important decision in our nation's history. There's no going back if we vote to leave the UK. We need to think seriously before taking this decision.

"We face a choice between two futures. On the one hand we can take a leap into the unknown with independence. That means #6 billion extra in cuts, as the experts say, putting our pensions and NHS at risk. Without knowing what currency we would use, we have no idea what our wages, pensions and benefits would be paid in.

"There is a better way and a better choice for Scotland. We can have more powers over tax and welfare, without taking on all the risks of independence. That's the best of both worlds for Scotland, and it's why we are confident Scots will say no thanks to the risks of independence.''

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