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Independence

Campaign thank you

I write today to thank not only those residents in Midlothian who supported the Yes Campaign in the Scottish Referendum last week, but to thank all who participated on both sides in this process. The spectacularly high turnout showed that the debate around Independence engaged our communities and brought many people into political debate for the first time.

I would also commend the conduct of the campaigns in Midlothian as my experience was at all times friendly and engaging. We may disagree but that never meant we had to make it personal.

I would add my thanks to returning officer Kenneth Lawrie and the staff at Midlothian Council who worked long into the early hours of Friday morning to deliver the Midlothian result.

Now that we have the result it is important that we move on. We must accept Thursday’s vote, but that does not mean we stop always trying to improve the situation for everybody who lives in our country.

The Tory/Labour alliance have made some very big promises, and set out a clear timetable on delivery of more powers to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. Personally I am sceptical about their ability to deliver on these promises, but I know many of us will be watching very, very closely to ensure the backtracking that occurred in 1979 doesn’t happen again. I would hate to think people had voted ‘No’ on the back of a lie.

To all the new friends I’ve made across the political spectrum in this campaign, let’s keep the conversations going. Let’s keep the engagement with our communities, and let’s ensure delivery on those promises made.

Cllr Owen Thompson

Midlothian West

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