50 Days to the referendum

With 50 days to go until the Scottish referendum, we look ahead to Representing Border's first televised, independence debate.

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Bridging the 'gender gap': Opinions of women towards the referendum

There's just 100 days of campaigning left for Scottish independence. Both sides have been focusing their attention on securing the female vote, believing women are key to victory.

In a recent poll by Ipsos Mori for STV, the majority of women wanted Scotland to stay in the union.

Reporter Matthew Taylor's has been to find out if any of this is having an impact on the women who really matter, the ones who will be voting on 18 September.

Independence campaign stages all-women event

Scotland's Cabinet are staging an all-women event to highlight the gender gap and discuss the effect of independence on the lives of individuals, families and communities throughout Scotland.

It is being hosted by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

ITV Border's Political Editor, Peter MacMahon, is reporting on the campaign.


"Independence is absolutely and emphatically not about walking away from anyone. We are not going anywhere." Says @nicolasturgeon #indyref


"With independence we can guarantee a minimum wage rise at least in line with inflation" yearly promises @nicolasturgeon #indyref


Independence makes possible range of policies including "transformational" child care @nicolasturgeon tells all women audience #indyref

100 days until Scottish independence referendum

Only a fifth of people in England think Scotland should become independent, a national survey has found. The latest British social attitudes survey shows that an apparent increase in support for Scottish independence in England in 2011 has now largely been reversed.

After increasing from 19% in 2007 to 26% in 2011, support has now fallen back again to 21%. Almost half of people in England think Scotland should remain part of the UK with devolution of some powers while 18% think it should be part of the UK without its own parliament.

The findings are part of the NatCen Social Research social attitudes survey. Conducted last year, it asked 925 people in England about their attitudes to Scottish independence.

Some have argued that a backlash has been developing south of the border against the advantages that Scotland seemingly enjoys and the demands it continues to make. But rather than being fuelled by the independence debate, whatever signs there were of such a reaction have apparently been snuffed out.England at least seems to have decided that the union is worth preserving, though whether people in Scotland will take the same view remains to be seen."

– Professor John Curtice, Report Author

Campaigners mark 100 days to independence vote

Campaigners in Scotland will mark 100 days until voters got to the polls for the independence referendum.

Read: Barack Obama backs Scotland staying within UK

Voters will be asked a straight, Yes/No question on the ballot paper. Credit: PA

Scotland will decide if it wants to become an independent sovereign nation on September 18, after it has hosted the Commonwealth Games this summer.

Polls suggest the majority of voters want to stay in the union, but support for the pro-independence vote has grown over the last few months.

First Minister Alex Salmond said the "credibility" of the pro-independence campaign would lead it to victory.

But the pro-UK Better Together campaign said the nationalists were "running out of time".

Read: Salmond presses Cameron for Scottish independence debate


Alex Salmond tweets 'Yes We Can' to US President

The Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, has tweeted a series of messages about the Scottish independence referendum due to take place in September.

His tweets are in response to a speech made by President Obama in which the American politician said he thought Scotland should stay in the United Kingdom.


As President Obama rightly observes, the decision on Scotland’s future is up to the people of Scotland http://t.co/fXbaNEpc6S (AA)


An independent Scotland will mean that America has two great friends & allies here rather than one http://t.co/fXbaNEpc6S (AA)


We’re focussed on making Scotland a land of opportunity & our message to the people of Scotland is: ‘Yes We Can’ http://t.co/fXbaNEpc6S (AA)

Voters reminded to register ahead of independence referendum

Young voters are being reminded that they will need to register to vote ahead of the independence referendum.

Scottish Borders Council are urging 15, 16 and 17 year olds to register by 2nd September 2014.

To vote in the referendum, people must be aged 16 or over on 18 September and living in Scotland. Only British, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizens can vote.

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