Labour launch Scots union drive

Former prime minister Gordon Brown will speak today at the launch of a distinct Labour campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom.

Brown: 'Clear common sense' for Scotland to stay in UK

The former prime minister Gordon Brown has said there is "a clear common sense" argument for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom, after launching Labour's pro-union campaign.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond revealed in March that a referendum on independence would take place in September 2014.

Addressing a rally in Glasgow, Mr Brown said that Scottish values can best be realised as part of the UK and that Britain is strongest when pooling its resources together, citing the examples of the NHS, mining, shipbuilding and other core industries.

But Scottish nationalists have dismissed his claim that taxes would have to rise to fund its welfare plans if the country was granted independence.

Labour launch pro-union Scotland campaign

Anas Sarwar, who is campaign co-ordinator of United With Labour, said:

In the debate over the coming months there will be a number of voices all making the case for Scotland working together as part of the United Kingdom.

But one voice that must be heard is the Labour voice - and I am determined that in this campaign it will be heard.

That is why I am delighted Gordon Brown is speaking today at the launch of United with Labour.

This is a choice between two futures. One in which we choose to share our talents and pool our resources with others.

A future where we unite behind common causes.

A future where we work every day to dismantle barriers to opportunity and success.

A future where in the country we are proud to call home, we stand by and work for a set of values.

A future where we achieve more together than we ever could alone.

United with Labour will complement the work of Better Together but, crucially, provide a distinct Labour voice in the campaign.

Just as we recognise that Better Together have a job to do, we also recognise their job comes to an end after polling day. Labour's job goes on.

– Anas Sarwar, Labour MP for Glasgow Central

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Gordon Brown to speak at pro-Union Scotland event

Gordon Brown was prime minister between 2007 and 2010. Credit: PA

Former prime minister Gordon Brown will speak today at the launch of a distinct Labour campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom.

The Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP will be in Glasgow to help unveil the United with Labour drive, which distances the party from Tory and Liberal Democrat colleagues in the pro-Union Better Together movement.

Scottish party leader Johann Lamont and her deputy, the MP Anas Sarwar, will also take part in setting out a "different view" of Scotland's future at the event in the Emirates Arena.