Labour, Tories and Lib Dems: 'We're better together'
Gary Fitzpatrick • Published 22 Aug 2012 09:30
A CAMPAIGN which sees Labour, Tory and Lib Dem politicians join forces over the independence referendum is taking to the streets of Dunfermline.
'Better Together' is a cross party campaign trying to ensure that Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom.
Its backers will be on Dunfermline High Street on Friday afternoon trying to drum up support for saving the union.
Lib Dem councillor Tony Martin said, "Being a part of the United Kingdom gives the people of Scotland the best of both worlds.
"We have key decision making powers devolved to the Holyrood Parliament but we also have all of the advantages of being part of a bigger country."
Labour MP Thomas Docherty MP said, "I hope that as many people as possible come along and speak to us on Friday.
"The referendum may be two years away but the choice we will be asked to make in 2014 is huge.
"Everyone at the campaign is determined to take the debate directly to the people and make sure that we get the key facts out there.
"We are confident that when we present people with the facts about separation, they will agree with us that we are Better Together."
Tory Councillor Dave Dempsey tried to invoke the Team GB spirit. "As Chris Hoy said recently people can be proud to be Scottish and proud to be British. I believe that Fifers understand the benefits of being part of the UK."
Better Together was launched in June by Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats and is chaired by former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling.
Independent national MSP Bill Walker said, "Tories, Lib Dems and Labour. It's a very strange mixture. They seem to saying they're against independence for Scotland but without saying what they are in favour of regarding the country's future."
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 22 Aug 12