Make sure you're registered to vote !!
The deadline to register to vote in the Independence Referendum is the 2nd of September. The deadline to apply to vote by post or by proxy is 5 pm on the 3rd of September; however you must be registered to vote first.
It's really important to double check whether you’re on the register or not. If your circumstances have recently changed, for example if you’ve just moved house, then you will need to re-register. Even if you haven't moved, errors do occur so please, please check now to be sure you'll get your vote. If you are in Fife you can make sure you're registered by calling the electoral registration team on 03451 55 55 11 or by emailing email@example.com
Canvassing in Duloch, August 27th
Another great night out in Dunfermline canvassing. Tonight was always going to be a tough one, but although we didn't hit last weeks 70% Yes 30% No we achieved a very respectable 54% Yes 46% No.
Dundee Courier Referendum Coverage, 25th August 2014
Positive reporting in our local daily paper !!
The Yes Trailer in West Fife
Worshippers at Dunfermline’s Central Mosque had the opportunity to quiz a Scottish Minister about independence last week.
Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s youngest ever government minister and the first from an ethnic minority background, visited Fife to attend Friday prayers at the mosque and was on hand after to answer questions.
The Minister for External Affairs and International Development was grilled on all aspects of the independence debate, including health, welfare and the economy.
Sadiq said: “I didn’t know what reaction there would be because it’s not something I’ve really heard discussed, but it turned out brilliant.
“Every common question was asked and lots of leaflets were distributed.”
Around 200 members of the local Muslim community attended to speak to the SNP MSP.
Humza also met with campaigners in the Yes Dunfermline information hub at Bruce Street, and thanked them for the “effort and energy” they have put into the Yes campaign.
He said: “If there’s any country in the world that can stand on its own two feet, surely it’s ours. The country that is the land of innovation and invention; the country that just hosted the best ever Commonwealth Games; the country that has shown its humanity and compassion on a global stage, be it with the situation in Gaza or be it from supporting refugees or anything; surely it is our country. Every one of us has to take that message out and instil a bit of confidence and self-belief.”
Sadiq Mian says YES
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The trailer has arrived at the Yes Embassy Cllr Neale Hanvey
Tesco Dunfermline getting in on the action...
Independent Fife councillor says Yes
‘This is a very important vote for the people of Scotland. It is not just about ourselves. It is about our children and our grandchildren. It’s about self determination and democracy. It is not about the SNP or any other party. It is about Scotland.’
Royal Bengal Restaurant
Royal Bengal Restaurant, Pittencrieff Street, Dunfermline is supporting the Yes cause.
Rosyth's brilliant YES shop
great team there...lots of toots....Giant free standing YES sign delivered.
See the time line photographs here :
31 July at 19:30
YES West Fife Fundraiser And Social Event
17 July, 18h00 – 20h00
Following the success mass campaign days in Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy, East fife, Lochgelly and Cardenen, please join us for our next mass canvassing event, this time in Rosyth - help spread the word about independence!
Limekilns/Charlestown Referendum, Elgin Hotel, Charleston
Some photographs from the Referendum meeting in the Elgin Hotel, Charleston
A debate for undecided voters.
Speaking for YES
Speaking for No
15 July 18.30 - 20.00 Tricky Questions and Slick Answers
Canvassing and campaigning training workshop for novice and experienced campaigners. An evening of information, mutual support and fun. Covering the issues that people are asking most about on the street, in the workplace and on the doorstep. Special guest: Shirley-Anne Somerville Deputy CEO SNP.
Yes Shop Dunfermline, 9 Bruce Street Dunfermline KY12
What Scotland Needs to Blossom
Here are some photographs from Lesley Riddoch's visit to Dunfermline
Tuesday 8th July - What Scotland Needs to Blossom - Dunfermline City Chambers, 6.30pm
Writer and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch will speak at a one-off event in Dunfermline this week.
To mark the official opening of Dunfermline’s Yes Campaign Shop and information hub on Tuesday, the award-winning journalist and commentator will speak to a local audience about her latest book, Blossom: What Scotland Needs to Flourish.
The book, described as “inspiring” and “a must read for anyone seeking a better Scotland”, is a collection of stories about people who have strived to empower themselves and their communities.
The event takes place on Tuesday at Dunfermline City Chambers at 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start, following a brief opening ceremony at the Yes shop on neighbouring Bruce Street.
Signed copies of “Blossom” will be available to purchase on the night. Limited tickets are available, free of charge - go to this link : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-scotland-needs-to-blossom-with-lesley-riddoch-tickets-12065208363
An evening with Nicola Sturgeon
Around 400 people attended a packed public event in the Glen Pavilion with Nicola Sturgeon on Friday.
Commenting on the date of the meeting Nicola said: "It's the 4th of July, American Independence Day. I wonder how it's working out for them incidentally, this independence lark? It seems to be going okay!"
An extensive question and answer session followed her speech, with a wide range of questions ranging from currency and the economy to young people having the vote and the transition to Scotland becoming an independent state.A video of the presentation can be seen on YouTube :
Friday 4th July: An evening with Nicola Sturgeon.
DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will be speaking at an event in Dunfermline’s Glen Pavilion on Friday 4th July.
The MSP and Yes Scotland board member is inviting undecided voters to the question and answer session ahead of the independence referendum in September.
Voters seeking answers on what currency an independent Scotland would use or what a yes vote would mean for shipbuilding jobs in Rosyth can quiz Ms Sturgeon directly.
The free event – no ticket is required – starts at 6.30pm and the Q&A is expected to run until 8.30pm with a social evening and music to follow.
Yes campaigners have opened an information hub and shop in the centre of Dunfermline.
With less than 100 days to go until Scotland’s independence referendum, West Fifers are being invited to drop into the shop at Bruce Street to chat about the issues and pick up information to help them make their decision on September 18.
The shop will be open 11am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday, with extended opening to 7.30pm on Thursdays. Special events will also be held at the premises at various times, including parents’ sessions with toys and entertainment provided for young children and training sessions for those looking to get involved with the Yes campaign.
A group of mainly female local volunteers from a broad background of political parties (and from none) will staff the shop, led by a very well-kent face around Dunfermline, Pars stalwart Mary Stewart. Mary, who set up the Pars United DASC shop and has raised more than £28,000 for Pars United, will use her expertise to ensure a range of merchandise is on offer as well as the premises being used as a safe and welcoming drop in centre for anyone looking for more information on what a Yes vote would mean for Scotland.
Dunfermline YES Campaign
has international support
London is hurting the rest of the UK, admits Vince Cable.
In a speech to the Weir Group in Glasgow today (5th June) Vince Cable was due raise the alarm on the economic damage being inflicted on the rest of the UK by the concentration of wealth in London and the South-East of England.
In the past, Vince Cable has described London as a “giant suction machine sucking the life blood out of the rest of the country” – and Professor Tony Travers of the London School of Economics has previously referred to London as the “dark star of the economy inexorably sucking in resources, people and energy.”
Commenting, SNP Treasury spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP said:
“This admission from Vince Cable has let the cat out of the bag and confirmed what the Yes campaign has been saying all along.
“Vince Cable’s admission simply makes the economic case for independence – which would see decisions about Scotland’s economy made by the people who live and work here, rather than by a Westminster establishment fixated on London and South East England.
“Scotland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world – richer per head than the UK, France and Japan.
“With a Yes vote we can make this wealth work for all the people and put Scotland first – in contrast to the Westminster system obsessed with London, which even the UK Government now admit harms Scotland’s economy.”
The offshore oil industry 'unfazed' by the result referendum on Scottish Independence.
The annual Aberdeen and Grampian Chambers of Commerce study carried out in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde's Fraser of Allander Institute has been published. The authors of the report suggest that the North Sea oil and gas industry is 'unfazed' by the prospect of Scottish independence.
More firms say that independence will have a positive rather than negative influence on their business, with 18% saying that independence would be positive for the oil and gas industry, while 12% thinking there might be a negative influence and 38% saying that they did not believe independence would make any real difference.
And the report said that the Wood Review's recommendations for maximising the UK's offshore oil and gas resources had the "potential to rival independence itself in importance" for the sector.
Scots "misled" over set-up costs of independence.
Patrick Dunleavy, the influential Professor of Politics at the London School of Economics claims that his calculations of the costs of setting up an independent Scottish government have been grossly manipulated by the UK Treasury. The Treasury figure for the cost of a YES vote badly misrepresents key research. Professor Dunleavy has called the Treasury's £2.7bn estimate for the cost of setting up new independent government departments ‘bizarrely inaccurate’. In an interview with The Financial Times Professor Dunleavy stated: "I don't see why the Scottish Government couldn't do this for a very small amount of money", estimating that the set-up costs would be closer to £150m-£200m rather than the £2.7bn stated by the Treasury.
We scored a fantastic victory in the Euro elections, winning - at 28.9% - a bigger share of the vote in Scotland than any other party managed across the UK as a whole.
We’ve returned Ian Hudghton and Alyn Smith as MEPs (pictured with me). Our win - with 68,496 votes more than in 2009 - maintains our strong voice in Europe and is a vote of trust in the party and confidence in the Scottish Government.
The SNP has called for the publication of what is described as a "secret" independence referendum poll which was commissioned from Ipsos/Mori by the UK government at a cost to the taxpayer of £46,500.
The nationalists believe the publicly-funded survey showed a surge in support for independence and has been buried.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has responded by saying the only poll that counted was the one on 18 September.
FRAE Fife are hosting a Referendum Debate at the St Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy, Fife 26th May at 18:00
For YesScotland : HUMZA YOUSAF MSP and TASMINA AHMED-SHEIK
For BT : WILLIE RENNIE MSP and MIKE DAILY - Govan Law Centre
Around 100 Yes supporters from across Fife gathered in Dunfermline on Saturday for the first in a series of planned mass canvass events ahead of the independence referendum.
The “Super Saturday” event brought together Yes Scotland supporters from across Fife to speak to voters on the doorsteps of Abbeyview.
And the results were a resounding Yes for independence, with 65 per cent of those who have made their minds up saying they will be voting Yes on September 18.
Of the 472 responses to the question “should Scotland be an independent country?” a total of 212 (45%) were Yes, with 115 (24%) saying No and a further 145 (31%) undecided. Excluding don’t knows, the results were 65 per cent Yes to 35 per cent No.
Organiser Marie Penman said: “There was a huge buzz of enthusiasm and positivity throughout the event.
“Over 80 people were out canvassing on the streets of Abbeyview. Hundreds of doors were knocked, loads of merchandise given out and hopefully lots of people persuaded to vote Yes.”
The event was jointly organised under the Yes Fife banner by Dunfermline Central Councillor Neale Hanvey and Yes Kirkcaldy’s Marie Penman who were inspired after hearing about similar activity in Edinburgh.
This is Scotland’s year. There's now real momentum behind our campaign to create a more prosperous and fairer Scotland. This September, we will all have the opportunity to take our nation forward to independence.
"The Dunfermline SNP website was launched on 20 May 2014. We are grateful to Aberdeen SNP for permission to reproduce the Scottish Government, European Union, Independence and History pages from their website."