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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.

Miliband urges Labour voters to say No in referendum

Ed Miliband has urged Labour voters considering backing independence in the referendum to vote No so he can build a fairer Scotland within the UK.

The Labour leader travelled to Lanarkshire, where party founder Keir Hardie was born, to make a passionate plea ahead of the vote on 18 September.

Ed Miliband addresses Labour voters in Scotland.

Mr Miliband insisted it was his party, and not Alex Salmond's SNP, that would bring about the change the country needs.

"I know the way to get rid of this Tory government, that is to vote No and to elect a Labour government, and that is what I believe is going to happen," he said.

Miliband urges 'vote No on the 18th and Labour in May'

Labour leader Ed Miliband has written on Twitter ahead of his speech in Scotland:


Miliband: Labour can give Scotland the change it needs

Ed Miliband is set to tell Scottish voters that a Labour government next year will provide the change they need rather than "erecting a new border" with independence.

With just two weeks to go until the vote on Scotland's future, the Labour leader will travel north of the border in a bid to persuade people to back the union.

Labour leader Ed Miliband will speak in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, later today. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

It comes as Scottish nationalists claim that a growing number of Labour supporters will vote Yes on 18 September.

Last week, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said "hundreds of thousands" could back independence.

Miliband 'not given opportunity' to write wreath note

Labour has responded to criticism that Ed Miliband did not write a personal message on a wreath laid at a First World War commemorative event.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:

The message left on the wreath states, "From the Leader of the Opposition".

WW1 wreath notes left by PM, Miliband and Charles

The messages left by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Prince Charles have been tweeted by Channel 4 News correspondent Ciaran Jenkins.

The Prime Minister's note reads: "Your most enduring legacy is our liberty - David Cameron."

Mr Miliband's says: "From the leader of the Opposition".

The note attached to the wreath laid by Prince Charles says: "In everlasting memory - Charles."

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg's message on his wreath read: "From the Deputy Prime Minister".

Nick Clegg's message on his WW1 wreath note. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Miliband accuses PM of getting it 'wrong' on Gaza

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said the Prime Minister was "wrong" not to have spoken out in opposition of the Gaza crisis.

Mr Miliband branded David Cameron's silence on the killing of Palestinian citizens "inexplicable."

And he called for the British government to speak with a united voice to put pressure on both sides to end the violence.

Labour leader Ed Miliband accuses David Cameron of handling the Gaza crisis inadequately. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

However, Downing Street accused Mr Miliband of "playing politics" and insisted Mr Cameron had always been clear that both sides should observe a ceasefire.

The 26-day offensive has now killed more than 1,650 Palestinians - mostly civilians - with more than 8,000 wounded, according to local officials.

Israel has lost 63 soldiers and three civilians, its highest death toll since the 2006 Lebanon war.

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