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Ed Miliband makes passionate plea for Union

Labour leader Ed Miliband has delivered a passionate plea for Scotland to remain part of the UK, telling voters that he was speaking "from the head, from the heart, from the soul".


Cameron denies 'No campaign' is in panic

David Cameron has been asked if the highly-unusual move to miss Prime Minister's Questions was a sign of panic in the no camp ahead of the Scottish referendum.

I really care about this issue.

I care passionately about our United Kingdom and I want to do everything I can to put the arguments in front of the people.

In the end it is for the Scottish people to decide but I want them to know that the rest of the United Kingdom, and I speak as Prime Minister, want them to stay.

All those steps we can take, making sure people in Scotland know that they can have the best of both worlds - more powers to govern themselves but also being inside the United Kingdom.

– David Cameron

Miliband raises a Saltire to 'send message' to Scotland

Labour leader Ed Miliband and Liverpool City Council leader Joe Anderson have raised a Saltire and urged Britons across the UK to do the same.

Liverpool City Council leader Joe Anderson and Labour leader, Ed Miliband (right) raising a Saltire Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Miliband to call for Saltire to be raised across UK

Labour leader Ed Miliband will today call for the Saltire to be raised over buildings around the UK "to send a message to Scotland: stay with us".

The Saltire - the flag of Scotland Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive

He will join Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, in raising a Saltire flag from the city council building later this morning. He is expected to say:

We want to see the Saltire flying above buildings all across our country.

We are starting here in Liverpool by raising the Saltire to show we achieve fairness, equality and social justice better together than we do apart.

– ed miliband, labour leader

Miliband to urge swift power talks after Scottish vote

Work to hand more powers to Scotland if it rejects independence should begin immediately after the referendum, Ed Miliband is expected to say.

The Labour leader will argue that with offers of enhanced devolution already on the table from all three of the main parties in Westminster, the process should get under way "right after" the 18 September vote.

Labour leader Ed Miliband will address the TUC general dinner in Liverpool. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

In a speech to the TUC general dinner in Liverpool, Miliband will also praise the trade unions for their role in campaigning for a No vote.

He will say that voting against "separation is also about saying yes to more devolution," which will see "more decisions being made in Scotland, by Scots, with a stronger Scottish Parliament, with more powers guaranteed".


Yes vote will give young Scots 'more opportunities'

Young people will have more opportunities than any generation of Scots if the country votes for independence said the Deputy First Minister.

Deputy Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

On the campaign trail in Glasgow, Nicola Sturgeon said: "Scotland's one of the richest countries in the world - wealthier per head than France, the UK and Japan."

She added: "But for far too many people in Scotland it doesn't feel that way. More and more young people are finding out about the opportunities of independence and are deciding to vote Yes."

Sturgeon said that economic opportunities outside of Scotland would continue with a Yes vote, but added that they would be able to tailor job creating powers to Scotland rather than London.

She added: "A Yes vote is the opportunity of a lifetime for young people. We're better off with Scotland's future in Scotland's hands."

Scottish independence battle fought on welfare debate

Welfare has been the key battleground in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum today.

Benefit payments affect thousands thought to be undecided over how to vote.

Better Together supporters claim promises made by the Yes camp will cost the country heavily.

ITV News Scotland correspondent Debi Edward looks at whether Scotland will be richer or poorer if they vote for independence:

Miliband asks Labour voters to back 'No' campaign

Ed Miliband has appealed to Labour voters in Scotland to get behind the 'No' campaign, and oppose the break up of the union.
Alex Salmond claims Labour supporters worried about the prospect of another Conservative government are turning to the 'Yes' campaign.

ITV News correspondent Martin Geissler reports from Lanarkshire:

Salmond: I don't see Miliband has any credibility left

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond claimed Ed Miliband does not have "any credibility left" after the Labour leader said it was his party that would bring about the change Scotland needs.

"The Labour Party have pledged to continue the austerity of the Conservatives," Salmond said.

"They are also in bed with the Tories in this [No] campaign, so I don't see that Ed Miliband has any credibility left," he added.

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