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ITV Border Political Editor, Peter MacMahon, blogs on the competing claims over promises of more powers for Scotland

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Nicola Sturgeon visits Dumfries and Galloway

Scotland's Deputy First Minister has been in Dumfries today, answering questions from locals about Scottish independence.

With 72 days until the referendum, and the pro-independence campaign slipping in some recent polls, Nicola Sturgeon has been arguing a "Yes" vote would be good news for the South of Scotland.

Our political reporter Joe Pike went along:

Deputy First Minister in Dumfries for Independence questions

Nicola Sturgeon is in Dumfries answering questions about the blueprint for Scottish Independence Credit: ITV Border

The Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is in Dumfries answering questions from local residents about Scottish Independence.

People have been invited along to find out more about the Yes campaign's blueprint for an independent Scotland.


Nicola Sturgeon begins independence Q&A session


In Dumfries for @nicolasturgeon public Q&A. Says 'we can do this, we should, if we don't we'll be at mercy of decisions elsewhere'. #indyref

You can follow our Political Journalist Joe Pike @joepike for live tweets from Nicola Sturgeon's Q&A session in Dumfries.

Deputy First Minister in Dumfries

Scotland's Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, will be in Dumfries today, 7 July for a Q&A session about the Scottish Government's blueprint for independence.

In the run up to the referendum Cabinet Secretaries will be holding a series of public Q&A sessions across Scotland, as well as holding a number of Cabinet meetings outside of Edinburgh.

The event will be held at 1pm in the Easterbrook Hall's Duncan Rooms.

Border's business owners question George Osborne

The Chancellor of the Exchequer told businesses in the Borders that they could be "hardest hit" by a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

George Osborne was in St Boswells this morning at the start of a whistle stop tour of Scotland.

He took questions from small business owners on a number of diverse issues but inevitably the conversation turned to the vote on Septempber 18th. Jenny Longden has this report.


Independence would be 'felt hardest' in the Borders says Chancellor

The Chancellor sits down with business people from the Borders Credit: ITV Border

Chancellor George Osborne says the economic impact of independence would be 'felt hardest' in the Borders.

He met with business people from the local area today to discuss issues affecting them that the UK Government could help with.

During his visit to St Boswells, he said:

'People in the Borders are concerned about the economic impact of independence. This of course is a decision for the people of Scotland, but I think the economic consequences would be felt the hardest perhaps in the Border areas, and it is another reason why we are better together'.

Chancellor visits Borders Book shop

Mr Osborne tours the book shop and deli with owners and local MSP John Lamont Credit: ITV Border

The Chancellor of the Exchequer stopped off at a Borders Book shop and deli this morning to meet with local business leaders from the area.

George Osborne toured the Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells before sitting down with business people to discuss their concerns.

Among the issues raised were taxation and transport links to the Borders.

Mr Osborne is in Scotland along with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to watch the naming of a new warship in Rosyth this afternoon.

George Osborne was in the Borders to talk to local businesses Credit: ITV Border
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