SNP formally endorses 'Yes Scotland' independence campaign

By staff writers
19 Oct 2012

The Scottish National Party's annual conference in Perth has kicked off with a ringing endorsement of the Yes Scotland campaign, following on from the Scottish Greens' approval of the independence push.

First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond, along with deputy Nicola Sturgeon, moved the resolution which welcomed the progress made by the campaign - despite some discouraging recent opinion poll results.

Over the summer, SNP activists have been out delivering Yes Scotland leaflets and postcards, as well as manning street stalls the length and breadth of the country, to collect signatures for the Yes Declaration, the party says.

Last month Alex Salmond announced to the independence rally in Edinburgh that the SNP had signed up 100,000 supporters for the Declaration over the summer, and thousands of people have signed up to volunteer.

A fortnight ago, the Scottish Green Party also formally endorsed its involvement in the campaign, further broadening its base.

After speaking in the debate, the SNP's Depute Leader Nicola Sturgeon – a member of the Yes Scotland Advisory Board – commented: "In just a few short months, the seeds have been sown for the biggest community-led campaign in Scotland's history."

She continued: "In stark contrast to the Tory-led anti-independence campaign, Yes Scotland is very much a community-led organisation. We are a diverse campaign, but we are absolutely united in the belief that it is fundamentally better for all of us if decisions affecting Scotland are taken by the people who care most about Scotland - that is, the people of Scotland.

"Surveys show that the Scottish Parliament taking all the decisions, rather than Westminster, is the most popular constitutional option amongst the people of Scotland - and I believe that Yes Scotland will be successful in its objective of achieving a Yes vote in 2014," said Ms Sturgeon.

"Now that an agreement has been reached between the UK and Scottish governments, there is a real sense of 'game on' amongst SNP delegates, who are determined to get out there and help keep the momentum going which Yes has established," she concluded.

Polls indicate that when proposals for self-governance are put to people in Scotland, they tend to approve. But the term 'independence' is less popular.

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