Yes and No campaign, more powers for the Scottish parliament
The TNS poll, which puts the Yes and No campaigns equal on 41%, came as the leaders of the three main pro-union parties put on a united front to pledge new powers for the Scottish parliament if it votes to stay in the UK on September 18.
The measures, which will be contained in a new “home rule bill”, have yet to be detailed in full but the leaders of Scotland’s Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem parties said they had agreed there would be more tax-raising powers for Holyrood.
The former prime minister said work on the transfer of power would begin on the day after the vote, should Scotland vote to remain in the union.
The Scottish political leaders on Tuesday endorsed his timetable but would not be drawn on precisely what new powers had been agreed by the three parties.
Johann Lamont, the leader of the Scottish Labour party, said:
It is possible to vote no on September 18, the patriotic choice, but also to say that you are voting for change – more powers for the Scottish parliament. We all have our political arguments, that’s what politics is like, but where we can agree we do agree and what we’ve said here is the importance of this debate to the people of Scotland is to give them certainty that there will be more powers. I will fight with every fibre of my being to ensure that we get a Labour government but, whatever happens, we know there will be more powers for the Scottish Parliament.
Mr Brown is well aware that Labour supporters are increasingly anxious as the polls suggest significant numbers are being persuaded by the Yes campaign.
His proposal was welcomed by the Prime Minister but David Cameron was effectively bounced into endorsing Mr Brown’s initiative, knowing that he has the ability to energise an electorate that has been resistant to his overtures.
Posted on September 9, 2014, in latest news, travel, world and tagged Break-out, Independence, Johann Lamont, Labour party, leader, polls, Scotland, Scottish parliament, UK prime minister, votes, Yes or No campaign. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.