New Borders group campaigns for Yes vote

THE inaugural meeting of Yes Scotland’s Scottish Borders Group to campaign locally for a Yes vote in the independence referendum was held at the Kingsknows Hotel, Galashiels, on Sunday.

An invited audience of more than 55 people who had signed the Declaration for Scottish Independence heard director of communications Susan Stewart outline how the umbrella organisation aimed to deliver a majority Yes vote in 2014 by building the largest community-based campaign in Scotland’s history.

She said: “This is the biggest and most important decision that Scotland will ever have to make about the future of our country. It is the people’s referendum and the people’s campaign and it will be won at grass-roots level the length and breadth of Scotland.”

Yes Scotland was formally established on May 25 this year as an inclusive umbrella organisation for people of different political colours and none but who share the fundamental goal of delivering independence in two years’ time.

Through a network of locally-based regional organisers, Yes Scotland will provide support for community campaign groups which are being established throughout the country. The meeting attracted a cross-section of people of different political persuasions and none.

The Scottish Borders Group is the 24th in Scotland to be inaugurated.

Susan Stewart added: “The response from the audience was very encouraging and there was a real sense of purpose that we can achieve a Yes vote in 2014.”