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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Charles Kennedy to launch final leg of the Lib Dem referendum campaign

Leading Scottish Liberal Democrat and Highland MP Charles Kennedy will today launch the final leg of his party's referendum campaign with a call for Scots not to walk away from the opportunities that come with being part of the UK. Mr Kennedy will launch a new poster van highlighting the positive things that Scotland and the UK have built together. He will be joined at the launch in Glasgow by Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander.

In coming days Scottish Liberal Democrat poster vans will be travelling across Scotland, from the Highlands to the Borders.

Speaking to activists after the poster launch, Mr Kennedy is expected to say: "People often ask us for the positive reasons to say No Thanks. They want to hear good things about our place in the UK. And so they should. Like millions of Scots I've had the benefit of being part of a bigger UK. And I don't believe that we should walk away from that. Together, our family of nations has achieved great things. In so many ways we have built the best. In the NHS we have the best health service in the world. We are the world's second largest aid donor, helping the planet's poorest. And in the BBC we have the world's best broadcaster too. We've built these things together. And I don't believe that we should walk away from them."

Mr Kennedy also expected to say: "These are the positive reasons for people to vote No Thanks. It is the sunshine, positive case to stay in the UK. Today, the challenges we face are big. The global economy, climate change, our security. And I just think that on all of these, Scotland can give more and get more by being part of something bigger. We can build a stronger Scotland within the UK. A No Vote faster, better, safer change with more powers on tax and welfare for the Scottish Parliament. It would be wrong to turn inwards. And it would be wrong to walk away. That is the positive case for No Thanks which I will be taking to every person I meet in the final days of this campaign."