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Henry McLeish: Scots need to think very carefully before voting 'No'

by Representing Border

A former Labour First Minister is warning that the Westminster parties may not deliver the extra devolution powers they're promising. Henry McLeish says Scots need to think very carefully before voting 'No'.

He told ITV Border's Kathryn Samson there's a danger further devolution may slip down the UK political agenda if voters reject independence. Mr McLeish was speaking ahead of an appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

You can watch the full interview on Representing Border, tonight at 10.40pm on ITV Border Scotland.

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Does Conservative leader have new speechwriter in West Wing's Aaron Sorkin?

by Representing Border

Credit: 'The American President' - Castle Rock Entertainment

Ever wonder where our politicians get their best lines? Well it seems Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is a fan of fictional American Presidents, and in particaular the scripts of West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin. Michael Douglas plays Andrew Shepherd in the 1995 film The American President - a big screen forerunner of the TV series the West Wing. Perhaps a Hollywood rather than a Holyrood career beckons for Ruth Davidson.

Farmers divided over independence debate

As the count-down continues to the Scottish independence referendum, arguments from both sides of the debate have emerged from the farming community. Four former Presidents of the National Farmers' Union in Scotland have now backed the campaign for independence - among them, a farmer from Dumfries and Galloway.

But other officials argue that Scottish agriculture benefits from the broad shoulders of the UK on the international stage and that staying in the UK gives the farming community 'the best of both worlds.'

Joe Pike reports.

Former NFU leaders back 'Yes' vote

by Joe Pike

What would independence mean for farmers in the South of the country? Today four former Presidents of the National Farmers Union of Scotland claimed a yes vote would give rural Scotland a more powerful voice in Europe. But other farming leaders warned access to crucial markets south of the border could be made much more difficult. Joe Pike reports.

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Sturgeon says independence will halt benefit cuts

Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Credit: PA

More than 100,000 disabled people in Scotland will lose out because of Westminster benefit reforms - according to the Deputy First Minister.

Nicola Sturgeon says only a vote for independence will halt the cuts. But opposition parties say this isn't true and she's trying to frighten vulnerable people before the vote.

X-men actor is a 'yes' man

X-men actor Brian Cox has shown his support for an independent Scotland.

He spoke to our Political Editor, Peter MacMahon about why he supports the 'yes' campaign:

It comes after 200 celebrities signed a letter backing the 'no' campaign, which involved Sir Mick Jagger, Dame Judi Dench, and Professor Stephen Hawking.

Various celebrities signed to show their support for the 'Better Together' campaign
Various celebrities signed to show their support for the 'Better Together' campaign Credit: ITV

Brian Cox has starred other films such as Troy, The Bourne Identity and TV series such as Red Dwarf and Frasier.

The full interview can be found on Representing Border, found here.

Farmers back 'yes' vote

Four influential Scottish farmers have voiced their support for an independent Scotland
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Four influential Scottish farmers have come out in favour of a 'Yes' vote in September's independence referendum.

The four former Presidents of the National Farmers Union Scotland, including John Ross from Portpatrick, believe an independent Scotland would have a more powerful voice in Europe.

However, the Chair of Farmers Together and Former NFUS President, George Lyon said: "Scottish farmers know that as part of the UK we have the best of both worlds".

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