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A pollster rethinks the Scottish referendum

One of Better Together's biggest fears has always been that there would be a surge to the Yes side in the final month, much like there was a surge to the Scottish National party in the weeks before the 2011 elections to the devolved parliament in Holyrood.

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Scottish independence: Currency clash in independence debate

Both sides in the referendum campaign have clashed again on the currency an independent Scotland would use. The UK government minister Jo Swinson has said it would be "catastrophic" for a potentially new state to refuse to pay its share of the national …

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Duke of Northumberland says Scottish independence would "cause difficulties"

The Duke of Northumberland has spoken out against Scottish independence, saying it would “create difficulties”. Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland and owner of Northumberland Estates, says he crosses the border between England and …

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Scottish independence could kill the EU referendum

Some commentators have argued that if Scotland votes to leave the Union, it would trigger a chain reaction that also will lead to the UK – or the rest of the UK (rUK) – leaving the EU. First, the argument goes, without Scottish MPs, the chances of the …

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Scottish independence: Yes vote is 'closer than ever' says first minister

Mr Salmond spoke to the BBC as polls suggested a narrowing of the gap between the Yes and No campaigns. He said people who had never engaged with politics were becoming involved, calling it "a democratic sensation". The UK government said it would …

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Scottish student to fight with IS forces in syria | UK | News …

A SCOTS student has abandoned a promising career to fight with IS forces in Syria.

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Alex Salmond hails new opinion poll on the Scottish independence referendum …

Alex Salmond hails new opinion poll on the Scottish independence referendum as 'very encouraging'. Sep 02, 2014 14:52; By Dailyrecord.co.uk; 0 Comments. THE First Minister was reacting to a YouGov poll which shows that support for a Yes vote has risen …

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Scottish independence: Food and drink Yes 'boost'

SCOTLAND'S food and drink industry will be boosted by the global publicity generated by a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, Alex Salmond has said. The First Minister was setting out his vision of the gains of independence for the sector …

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Scottish independence: the noes might have it, but for how long?

Alex Salmond has started to neutralise the fear factor of voting yes. I predict a second referendum if the no vote narrowly wins. Salmond meets Dundee football rivals uniting for independence Yes vote. 'Alex Salmond has reclaimed his lead over Alistair …

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Sarah Moyes :Why I'm Voting Yes for Scottish Independence

While my dad who is approaching 60 says he has always felt British, I have always felt Scottish. So in just over two weeks' time on 18 September, I'll be voting Yes for an independent Scotland. My decision to vote Yes is not one I'm taking lightly, yet …

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A quick guide to the Scottish referendum

The Scottish National party, which has been committed since its founding in 1933 to independence from the UK, won an unprecedented majority in the devolved Scottish parliament in 2011. The SNP's manifesto included a pledge to pass a bill clearing the …

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Scottish independence: Referendum jobs campaign continues

Both sides in the Scottish referendum debate are focusing on jobs, just a few weeks ahead of the vote on the nation's future. First Minister Alex Salmond and shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran were concentrating on the drinks industry …

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Three former Scottish Secretaries warn independence would lead to decades of …

On the contrary, the Scottish character has worldwide recognition. Whether as missionaries or merchants, explorers or administrators, we Scots have won respect and friendship wherever we have ventured. Scottish enterprise and drive have enabled us to …

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Scottish independence: Moderator calls for respect on both sides

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has urged both sides in the referendum debate to treat each other with respect. The Rt Reverend John Chalmers said he was "disturbed" by increased aggression as the 18 September vote …

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Scottish independence: four reasons why the narrowing gap is significant

Scottish independence: four reasons why the narrowing gap is significant. A Scottish independence referendum poll by YouGov has the no lead down to six points from more than 20 in early August. Is it game on in Scotland? Share …

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Equality Network: How will Scottish independence impact …

Scotland's Equality Network has called on the country's main political parties to outline how the independence question could impact on LGBT rights.

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'Pro-independence mob mentality has been turned off': Labour MP Jim Murphy …

The 'mob mentality' which has blighted the Scottish independence debate has been turned off, senior Labour MP Jim Murphy claimed today as he returned to the campaign trail for this first time since being pelted with eggs. The Labour frontbencher …

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Polls apart: Clacton landslide and a Scottish cliffhanger

YouGov's Scottish poll fully justifies The Times headline: 'Scotland puts Union on a knife edge'. It shows that the No campaign's lead, which was a comfortable 22 per cent in early August, has now fallen to just six per cent. After excluding don't …

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Scottish poll has investors rushing for cover

Until this week's polls, investors had largely disregarded the September 18 Scottish independence referendum, pointing to the consistently large lead enjoyed by the No camp as a reason not to worry. But Tuesday's survey from YouGov changed that – not …

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Scottish independence: Late surge in voter registration

Other areas, such as the Scottish Borders, Dundee, Highland, Angus, and Perth and Kinross reported that they had seen “unprecedented” demand for registration. Many registration staff worked until midnight yesterday to cope with the demand. The …

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Scottish referendum: Alex Salmond's 'missing million' voters in dispute

One source of data for the Scottish government's figure was the disclosure by City of Edinburgh council officials that the number of new voters in the Lothians, an area covering the four councils of West Lothian, East Lothian, Midlothian and Edinburgh …

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Scottish independence: Salmond's 'democratic sensation'

First Minister Alex Salmond has said the referendum on Scottish independence is a "democratic sensation". In an interview with BBC political editor Nick Robinson, Mr Salmond said: "Independence is obviously closer than it's ever been but it's not about …

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Jihadist threat to kill Scottish-educated aid worker after video "murder" of …

Jihadist threat to kill Scottish-educated aid worker after video "murder" of US journalist. Tuesday 2 September 2014. A BRITISH born Islamic militant known as 'Jihadist John' has appeared to murder a second American journalist, and threaten the life of …

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Penicuik House to become major Scottish attraction

It was also a major gathering place for leading figures in the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century and is said to be one of the major architectural achievements of the era. But the building, which has been in the same family for almost four …

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Scottish independence: Referendum race 'may have got tighter'

For the past three or four months or so, the referendum race has looked as though it was stalled. Although some pollsters consistently put the No side further ahead than did others, the running average of the last half dozen or so polls rarely departed …

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Scottish independence: Highlanders stand proud

This is the latest in a weekly series of indyref essays in which influential figures explore ideas related to the Scottish independence referendum. EASILY the most destructive element in Highland life over much of the past two centuries was the …

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Scottish independence: Yes campaign hails 'breakthrough' with polls closer …

The debate over Scottish independence is closer that it has ever been with just over two weeks to go until the vote, according to a new opinion poll hailed as a “breakthrough” by Yes campaigners. The YouGov survey showed that support for independence …

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Hedging against a Scottish Yes vote

Investors may love golf and grouse shooting, but they see an independent Scotland as on a par with a damp, midge-infested picnic in the heather. Until mid-July, investors took the market's usual approach to small but important risks: by ignoring …

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Scottish Independence Debate Gets Nasty As 'Pro-Union Campaigner Kicks …

The Scottish independence debate has turned even more nasty, with allegations of violence and intimidation being thrown from both sides as the division over upcoming vote on September 18th reaches fever-pitch. In a sign of how heated the debate has …

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Jobs focus for Scottish independence campaign

Meanwhile, shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran and Labour MSP Iain Gray will be at Glasgow's Tennent Caledonian Breweries to highlight jobs and opportunities they say will be available as part of the UK. Today is the deadline for Scots to …

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Stephen Gallacher given Ryder Cup spot 'not because he is Scottish'

I've not picked him because he's Scottish. I've not picked him because of his form around the golf course. They are all little parts of the decision but the biggest part was last week when he stood up and was counted when it mattered. “Of course we …

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Argyll News: Indy, research funding and Scottish universities …

Yesterday's edition of The Herald, 1st September, reported that 'Scotland's major universities are preparing for an exodus of some of their most accomplished.

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Pixie Lott does chic colour-blocking at Scottish Fashion Awards 2014

The annual Scottish Fashion Awards 2014 kicked off the global fashion season (countdown to New York Fashion Week? Two days!) with a gala party at London's Northumberland Avenue Monday night, hosted by Laura Whitmore with a surprise acoustic set …

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New surge in support for Scottish independence

New polling has pointed to a dramatic upsurge in support for Scotland becoming an independent nation. With just a little over 2 weeks to go until polling day, YouGov's figures show that when those who say they won't vote and those they say don't know …

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Poll shows rise in support for Scottish independence

Poll shows rise in support for Scottish independence. Tweet. Support for Scottish independence rises two weeks ahead of an historic referendum on leaving the UK, according to a new poll. Support for Scottish independence rises two weeks ahead of an …

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