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Impassioned Brown outlines 'real risks' of separation

An impassioned Gordon Brown told supporters at a No rally that his concerns were not a fear of the unknown but instead "the risks of the known."

He described independence as an "economic trapdoor down which we go, from which we might never escape."

And he outlined the "real risks" of currency uncertainty, debt default, a lack of financial reserves, rising prices in the shops, rises in interest rates, threats to jobs dependent on trade with the UK - all of which, he said, were "unaddressed by the SNP."

PM: 'Nervous but confident Scots will vote No'

David Cameron has admitted he is "nervous" ahead of the Scots going to the polls tomorrow but said he is confident they will vote against a split.

"Well of course everyone who cares about our United Kingdom - and I care passionately about our United Kingdom - is nervous," he said ahead of tomorrow's referendum on an independent Scotland.

Speaking in Fleet, Hampshire, the Prime Minister added: "But I'm confident that we've set out how Scotland can have the best of both worlds - a successful economy with a growing number of jobs ... combined with the ability of Scots if they vote No to have even more powers and even more say over how to run their own affairs in Scotland."


Cameron: 'Will not quit' if Scots vote for independence

David Cameron meeting workers in Fleet, Hampshire Credit: ITV News

Prime Minister David Cameron will not stand down if Scotland votes to go independent.

Speaking to reporters during a visit in Fleet, Hampshire, he said he would leave it to voters at next year's general election to decide his future.

He said: "My name is not on the ballot paper. What's on the ballot paper is 'does Scotland want to stay in the United Kingdom, or does Scotland want to separate itself from the United Kingdom?'.

"That's the only question that will be decided on Thursday night. The question about my future will be decided at the British general election coming soon."

Newcastle footballer reveals testicular cancer fight

Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he is having treatment after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in his native Argentina.

The popular midfielder said he has undergone chemotherapy after having surgery following the discovery of a tumour which was first noticed last year.

The 33-year-old appeared on Argentinian TV show Indirecto looking strikingly different without his trademark long hair and beard.

"When I was told I had cancer, I went home in tears," he told the show.

He added: "This is the most difficult match I've every played. You start thinking about important things when you have problems like this one."

Gutierrez pictured playing for Newcastle against Manchester City last year. Credit: Empics

After revealing his battle with cancer last night, the winger used Twitter to thank fans for their messages of support.


'Unlikely Ebola will be go away in next six months'

Professor Peter Piot helped discover the Ebola virus in 1976. Credit: ITV News

The doctor who helped discovered the deadly Ebola disease has said it is unlikely the epidemic will be over within the next six months.

Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told ITV News the virus has now killed more people than all the previous recorded outbreaks.

He said: "Every day a hundred people are dying. The most affected countries need more doctors and nurses. There is currently about one physician for every 1,000 patients."

Phase one of a drugs trial to test a new Ebola vaccine begins in Britain today.

Professor Piot said: "I hope that the vaccine will work but it will be a few months before we have the results.

"Will the vaccine come in time to stop the current epidemic? We don't know.

"It is unlikely that this epidemic will be over within the next six months but we need to do everything we can."

Figures: Scotland unemployment rate lower than UK

The latest national unemployment figures show that Scotland has a higher employment rate compared to the UK as a whole (73.9% compared to 73.1%) and a lower unemployment rate (6.0% compared to 6.2%).

Cloud formation 'shows England without Scotland'

A Scottish holidaymaker is hoping that a cloud she spotted has not predicted the outcome of the independence referendum.


Photographed in Sardinia in August, the cloud appears to resemble England, Wales and Northern Ireland with Scotland noticeably absent.

Gillian Degnan, 44, who grew up in North Ayrshire, said: "The referendum is the talking point between everyone at the moment and I started to wonder whether it was an omen about how the vote is going to go."

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As she now lives in Nottinghamshire, Gillian won't be able to vote on Thursday, but said if she could, "I would vote No. I think Scotland would be too small on its own."

New Ebola vaccine to be tested today in Britain

The safety trials will be conducted today at Oxford University. Credit: PA

A healthy Briton will today become the first person to receive a potential new vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus.

The volunteer will be one of 60 people given the drug by experts at Oxford University.

If successful, it will be used to treat patients in West Africa where the worst ever outbreak has now killed more than 2,500 people.

The vaccine, developed by the US National Institutes of Health and British drug company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), targets the "Zaire species" of Ebola, which is one of the strains circulating in West Africa.

It is the first time the vaccine, which has previously been successfully tested on primates, has been trialled on humans.

The volunteers will not be infected with the disease but given a single dose of the benign Ebola virus protein to generate an immune response.

The trials are conducted on healthy people to see whether they suffer any side effects.

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