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Scots independence creates 'massive uncertainty'

The prospect of Scotland becoming independent is creating "massive uncertainty" for businesses, the head of travel firm Thomas Cook has said.

Harriet Green also told the Huffington Post the possibility of a referendum on Britain's EU membership was "unsettling" for firms.

"There are two political uncertainties that are most unsettling for business. The first is the Scottish referendum and the second is the European referendum. Both create massive uncertainty.

– Harriet Green, Chief Executive of Thomas Cook


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Miliband to pay tribute to John Smith in union speech

Labour leader Ed Miliband will use his keynote speech at the Scottish Labour conference to say he "passionately" believes Scotland should stay in the UK, and will invoke the memory of former Labour leader John Smith to make his point.

Miliband will call on Scots to "honour the legacy" of the late John Smith by voting No in the referendum. Credit: Reuters.

Mr Miliband will tell party activists:

"John Smith was a man who passionately believed in social justice in Scotland - and in the United Kingdom. Twenty years on, that flame of social justice still burns. And we can honour his legacy by winning the fight for Scotland to remain in the United Kingdom."

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Miliband to make case for no vote in Scotland

Labour leader Ed Miliband will outline his plans to restore a sense of social justice to the whole of the UK in his key note address to his party's Scottish conference, insisting that the UK is "better together".

Labour leader Ed Miliband will outline his vision for a more just UK. Credit: Reuters

In an attempt to woo Scottish voters to vote no in the independence referendum, he will set out his vision to create a "country that is more just, more equal, more fair".


Annandale Councillor joins Labour

Annandale North Councillor Graeme Tait has announced that he has joined the Labour Party and therefore became a member of the Labour group on Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Councillor Tait was first elected to the council in the Annandale North by-election in November 2012 as a Conservative member.

The Labour Group on the council is now up to 15 members while the Council’s administration now has 25 members.

I have decided to join the Labour Party because it has become increasingly clear that their policies and values better reflect my own.

It is clear that the Labour Party and the Labour Group of Councillors care about tackling the inequalities that exist and protecting the most vulnerable in our society and I share those principles with them.

“I have been hugely impressed by the way the new Labour led administration has run the council. The Council Leader has shown strong Leadership and put in place the clear direction the council has needed.

– Cllr Graeme Tait

Labour and Lib Dems coalition for Cumbria County Council

A Labour and Liberal Democrats coalition is set to lead Cumbria County Council.

It follows a week of uncertainty after the local election results and will replace the former Labour-Conservative administration.

It is expected that six Cabinet seats will go to Labour and four will go to the Liberal Democrats.

The leader of the council will be named at a full council meeting on Thursday.

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