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Yes and No campaigns thank voters after polls close

Both the Yes and No campaigns have been thanking voters who turned out to cast their ballot in today's historic referendum.

Yes Scotland leader Alex Salmond's Twitter account carried a banner saying simply 'Thank you' while his deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, tweeted:

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont tweeted:

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".

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Prescott: Stay and 'help kick the Tories in the ballots'

Former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott has asked voters in Scotland to stay in the union and help Labour kick the Conservatives "in the ballots".

Writing in the Daily Mirror, Lord Prescott said, "Leaving a union that has delivered huge cultural, social and economic benefits for millions of people for centuries because you don't like Cameron and Osborne is like walking away from a fight with Lord Snooty and his Posh Pals."

'Please don't walk away from the fight. Britain needs you now more than ever,' John Prescott writes. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

"We've got the Bullingdon Boys on the run down south but we need your help to finish the job. If you leave, we'll have to stand alone", he continued.

"So stick with us in this fight and we'll both kick them in the ballots at the General Election. United we stand. Divided we both fail."

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

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Prescott: Jim Dobbin's death 'a tragic loss'

Former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott, who was part of the group visiting Poland with Jim Dobbin when he died has called his passing a "tragic loss."

John Prescott said Jim Dobbin will be "sadly missed." Credit: PA Wire

He said: "Jim was an excellent local MP, a strong believer in Europe, a proud Scot and a passionate defender of the NHS. His passing is such a tragic loss and he will be sadly missed by the Labour movement. Jim was a great comrade."

Ed Miliband: 'We will all miss Jim Dobbin'

Labour leader Ed Miliband led the tributes to his party's MP Jim Dobbin, who has died aged 73.

Jim's death is a sad day for parliament. He was a dedicated public servant, representing the people of Rochdale on the council and at Westminster for three decades. Working in the NHS for more than 30 years, Jim had a deep passion for helping others.

A lifelong committed Catholic, Jim always took a lead in fostering links between the Church and the Labour Party, and his strong faith informed every aspect of his political and public life. This was recognised by Pope Benedict XVI when he made Jim a Papal knight.

I will miss Jim's good friendship and decency. On behalf of the Labour Party, I offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Pat, and their children. We will all miss him.

– Ed Miliband

Labour MP Jim Dobbin dies aged 73

Labour MP Jim Dobbin has died on a parliamentary trip to Poland, aged 73

Labour MP Jim Dobbin has died aged 73. Credit: PA

Dobbin the member of parliament for Heywood and Middleton, was on a Council of Europe trip to Poland when he died. His wife Pat is believed to have been with him.

Dobbin was a microbiologist for three decades before securing the seat in 1997, and had a 6,000 majority in 2010.

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