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Salmond urges 'missing million' to register to vote

SNP leader Alex Salmond has urged the "missing million" unregistered voters to make sure they can have their say in the upcoming independence referendum.

Scots have until midnight tonight to register for the referendum, which will see 16 and 17-year-olds allowed to vote for the first time in a major poll.

Alex Salmond is urging unregistered voters to make sure they have their say.
Alex Salmond is urging unregistered voters to make sure they have their say. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The First Minister said: "If you have friends or family who want to vote and are not registered, they have just hours to do so - this is their last chance to seize the wealth of opportunity offered by Scotland's historic referendum."

Read: Independence will put 'a million Scottish jobs at risk'

Independence will put 'a million Scottish jobs at risk'

Independence will put a million Scottish jobs at risk, according to the Better Together campaign.

Alistair Darling, Chairman of the Better Together campaign.
Alistair Darling, Chairman of the Better Together campaign. Credit: PA

Launching a new poster campaign tomorrow, campaign chairman Alistair Darling is expected to say: "A million Scottish jobs rely on trade within the UK. "That is a million opportunities for families in Scotland because we are in the UK and I want to create more opportunities.

"One million jobs rely on our links with the UK. I want a million more - not to put the million we currently have at risk."

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Salmond rebuffs debt default plea

Alex Salmond has rejected calls for Scottish ministers to withdraw their their threat to renege on UK debt if they cannot secure a currency union.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

In response to a letter from Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander to the Scottish Government urging its ministers to roll back on its "bogus" debt threat, the Scottish First minister said, "the contractual legal liability lies with the UK Government."

He told BBC Sunday Politics Scotland: "Clearly, if Danny Alexander wants to take all of the assets then he gets stuck with all of the liabilities, which is why our reasonable position is much better."

He added: "We're putting forward an argument that we should share assets and liabilities, which is a wholly responsible position."

Political punter could make £1m if Scotland votes No

A political punter could make £1 million if Scotland votes No to independence, bookmaker William Hill said.

A political punter could make £1 million
A political punter could make £1 million. Credit: PA

Read: Scottish referendum votes put up for sale on eBay

The customer had already put a record £600,000 on the outcome of the referendum and added a further £200,000 to his wager, meaning he stands to collect £973,333 should the outcome of the poll be a No vote.

This gentleman's stake of £600,000 was already a record for political betting, but his latest 'investment' as he calls it, takes his total wager up to £800,000 - the biggest amount ever gambled on the outcome of a political event.

– William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe

The man, who cannot vote in the referendum, staked his initial bet of £400,000 at odds of 1/4 in June 2014, followed it up with an addition £200,000 at odds of 1/6 at the beginning of August, then added a third instalment on Saturday at odds of 1/5.

Read: Over 40% reject currency union with independent Scotland

Currency union rejected by 44% in new poll

Over 40% of people across Britain do not believe there should be currency union if Scotland becomes a independent, according to a new poll.

Over 40% of people surveyed across Britain rejected a currency union with Scotland.
Over 40% of people surveyed across Britain rejected a currency union with Scotland. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Asked the question: "If Scotland votes for independence should there be a currency union?" 44% replied with "no," the Springboard UK poll for the Sunday Express found.

A total of 22% welcomed sharing the pound while the remainder said they were not sure.

The poll of 2,008 people was carried out on August 28 was carried out in England, Wales and Scotland.

Of those polled in Scotland however, 60% said they were in support of a currency union, while 21% were opposed and 19% did not know.

Andy Murray 'would represent' independent Scotland

Tennis star Andy Murray has reportedly said he will play for Scotland if the country votes for independence next month.

Andy Murray said he would imagine that he would play for Scotland if it votes for independence.
Andy Murray said he would imagine that he would play for Scotland if it votes for independence. Credit: PA

Britain’s first Wimbledon champion in 77 years said: "If Scotland became independent, then I imagine I would be playing for Scotland."

Speaking after his defeat of Matthias Bachinger at the US Open, he added that he had watched some of the second debate between Scottish first minister Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling, who leads the Better Together opposition.

But he did not think that his countrymen would vote for independence, according to The Times (£).

He said: "I haven't thought that much about that yet because I don't think it's looking too likely that it's going to happen."

He added: "If it did happen, then it would be pretty much the first time in my life that I would have ever not been Great Britain - that has been normal to me.”

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Man arrested over Scottish Referendum votes on eBay

A man has been arrested in Scotland after votes in the Scottish independence referendum were listed on the auction website eBay.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said:

Following police enquiries, a 28 year-old man was arrested in the Drumchapel area of Glasgow earlier today, Saturday 30 August 2014, in relation to an alleged contravention of Schedule 7 of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013.

– police scotland

eBay told STV News that it has a policy of removing "any items posted on eBay that relate to an individual’s vote where the Commission has concerns that this could lead to the law being broken".

PM says pro-Union voices 'worried about retribution'

David Cameron claims pro-Union academics will not speak out for fear of "retribution" from the nationalist-run Holyrood government.

Speaking to the Scottish Daily Mail, the Prime Minister claimed: "Recently I was talking to university vice chancellors who are very much part of the silent majority."

"They don't want to speak out ... because they worry about retribution from the Scottish government," he added.

He argued the same was true of the Scottish business community, saying: "I do hear a lot of businesses say they are frightened to speak because when they do the Scottish Government behaves in a bullying and overbearing way."

Read: Cameron 'emotional and nervous' about Scotland vote

Cameron 'emotional and nervous' about Scotland vote

David Cameron has admitted he is "emotional and nervous" about the result of the Scottish independence referendum.

The Prime Minister told the Scottish Daily Mail: "The commentary has settled down, the argument is going better and I feel more confident. But it is a massive decision, so it’s right to be both emotional and nervous."

David Cameron speaking in Glasgow on Thursday.
David Cameron speaking in Glasgow on Thursday. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He also insisted there was no need for the 'No' campaign to switch tactics after the pro-independence side claimed they were reclaiming ground following the recent TV debates.

"I think what the No campaign must do is continue with the very clear argument made," the Prime Minister said.

"The No campaign provides certainty, clarity, and talks about how we’re safer, more prosperous, more secure together."

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