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Why one corner of Northamptonshire is taking a big interest in events north of the border

Should Corby's Scots be allowed to vote? Photo: ITV News Anglia

Today Scotland published its White Paper on independence.

It's the most comprehensive and detailed blueprint for the independence of a country ever produced.

Only those living in Scotland get the right to vote, with some provisions for the homeless and those living abroad, but nothing for those Scots living in the Northamptonshire town of Corby - 325 miles from their homeland.

Local radio presenter Des Barber is one such Scot who has found a new home in Corby.

Des Barber is one such Scot who has found a new home in Corby. Credit: ITV News Anglia

He came to Corby as a 5-year-old, and like the vast majority of expat Scots, his family came here for work in the steel industry.

"There's a lot of people I do know who would quite happily still vote because they're still Scottish.

"It's in their blood and they'll never get rid of that."

– Des Barber, local radio presenter

Everywhere you go in Corby you'll find signs of a Scottish allegiance and as the referendum on independence draws closer, the argument over who should have a say in its destiny gathers pace.

In fact, Corby's association with the country began way back in the 1930s when thousands of young Scots migrated to the town as it became home to the largest steelworks in the land.

Corby became home to the largest steelworks in the land. Credit: ITV News Anglia

After the closure of the industry half a century later, the Scots who had families and established homes now south of the border remained.

Local councillor Rob McKellar has continually campaigned for Scots in Corby to have a vote.

Rob McKellar has continually campaigned for Scots in Corby to have a vote. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The argument is that those people who have moved here from Scotland, and indeed a second generation and third generation of Scots, have never made a decision to cross an international border.

"Yet, they face having an international border placed between them and their homeland."

– Rob McKellar, Corby Borough Council

What is for sure is that in 295 days Scotland will go to the polls.

Whether that is with or without the votes of their Corby counterparts remains to be seen.

Click below to watch a report from Sarah Beecroft