Lib Dems drop into Donside in final push

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Willie Rennie, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, visited Westhill this week as the referendum looms into view.

The MSP was met by party colleagues local MP Sir Robert Smith, MSP Alison McInnes and Scottish Parliamentary candidate Mike Rumbles.

With only seven days to go before the most important political vote in Scotland’s history, Mike said: “It was great having Willie Rennie here to highlight our local ‘NO THANKS’ campaign.

“We are receiving a terrific response to our door knocking across Deeside and Donside. Not only are we finding people do not want to break up our United Kingdom but, with the threat of a break-up just around the corner, more and more folk are coming out to help.”

“We now have just over a week to get our message across that we are, indeed, better together using the powers we already have in the Scottish Parliament over job creation, education, health, transport and so many other issues to improve our lives here in Scotland while keeping the security and strength of the UK in defence, foreign affairs and major economic policy.”

“Over the last few weeks I and my Liberal Democrat colleagues here in West Aberdeenshire have knocked on doors in Westhill, Banchory, Aboyne,Tarland, Ballater, Alford,Kemnay and Huntly asking people to vote No Thanks on the 18th.

‘‘ The message that has been widely welcomed and understood is that if we vote NO we can have the best of both worlds.”

Sir Robert Smith added: “It’s important to recognise it’s not a decision about the next few years but about generations to come. We have maintained our identity through 300 years as part of the UK. It’s possible to be Scottish and British and build on the powers of the Scottish parliament we already have.”

The Scottish leaders of the three main pro-Union parties have announced their backing for more powers for Scotland.

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie made a statement in Edinburgh.

Ms Lamont said she was “delighted” to endorse the “delivery plan” set out by former prime minister Gordon Brown.

First Minister Alex Salmond said the “No” campaign had “fallen apart at the seams”.

The announcement of backing for Mr Brown’s timetable came as a new poll suggested there was very little between the two sides in the Scottish independence referendum campaign.

The latest TNS poll showed that of all the adults surveyed, 39% were backing a “No” vote, 38% a “Yes” vote and 23% were undecided

Of those who said they were sure to vote, the “Yes” and “No” camps were neck and neck at 41% with 18% undecided.