Yes lose their swagger as Scots say No

The referendum count at Lasswade Centre. Photo: Rob Gray
The referendum count at Lasswade Centre. Photo: Rob Gray

It was a rollercoaster of emotions for the Yes and No campaigners at the Midlothian independence referendum count.

There was an air of tension in the hall at the Lasswade Centre, Bonnyrigg, in the hours 
after the polls closed.

But as the votes were counted and results announced, the Yes campaigners soon lost their confident swagger and the No camp, particularly the Labour activists, looked relieved.

At start of the count, Midlothian South MSP Christine Grahame (SNP) admitted her “stomach was churning” as she had no idea which way the result would go.

Midlothian MP David Hamilton (Lab) said the number of people registered to vote and the high turnout in some areas was unheard of. “This is unknown territory,” he admitted.

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