Time to unite for good of country

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The people of Scotland went to the polls last week to vote on whether Scotland should become an independent country.

The debate captured the imagination of the entire country and an incredible turnout of almost 85 per cent cast their ballots, with the No campaign winning with 2,001,926 votes (55 per cent) while Yes polled 1,617,989 (45 per cent).

The people of Angus also backed No, with 56 percent to 44 per cent for Yes.

Derek Wann, the Scottish Conservatives candidate for Angus in next year’s general election, said: “We were always told that Angus would be a Yes county, but I knew from all the door knocking and campaigning we did that it would be a victory for the Better Together team.

“We were maybe out-voiced and less visible with our signs, but the hard work we put into convincing the voters in Angus paid off.

“Now that the silent majority have spoken we need to get back to business and ensure that all voters in Scotland can unite and that this country is at the forefront of all politics whether in Edinburgh or London.

“I truly believe we can do that and that Scotland can lead the way in British politics, we have the best of both worlds, representation in Westminster and our own parliament here in Edinburgh.”

“This campaign has given me the strength and confidence to go forward and work for what I believe in and that is a strong government with a strong voice in both parliaments, not a government that is determined to divide us all.”

The SNP’s Graeme Dey MSP for South Angus believes the Referendum has helped to galvanise the grassroots political process. He said: “I think this has been healthy for democracy. So many people turned out to vote and that is a really good sign for democracy.

“The real challenge now is, for these people who don’t normally vote, who are not normally at the polls or engaged in politics, to continually keep them interested and engage them.

“The turnout reflects that people are energised by the whole process.”