FORMER Labour first minister Henry McLeish has dismissed Better Together claims that he is preparing to endorse a Yes vote in the independence referendum as “absolute rubbish”.
Better Together campaign director Blair McDougall tweeted: “Just heard from impeccable source that Henry McLeish endorsing Yes on Monday. Hardly a surprise but he’s entitled to his view.”
Mr McLeish said: “The two words you are looking for are ‘absolute rubbish’.
“I’ve no idea what they are up to, what they are doing, but I can tell you very categorically there is no truth whatsoever, it’s absolute rubbish.”
Mr McLeish, who has been a vocal critic of Better Together’s “negative” campaign but has remained a declared No voter, says he has “no idea” why Mr McDougall would view a defection to Yes as “hardly a surprise”.
“I’ve no idea why he is making these comments,” he said.
“Indeed, if you listen to the podcast of the BBC Referendum programme today, I say I’m voting No.”
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s The Big Debate, Mr McLeish said: “I’m a No voter, but I have been honest enough on public platforms and in a new book that voting No has become difficult.
“The debate is very tribal, the debate is highly partisan.”
He added: “If you vote Yes you get independence, if you vote No there’s a bit of a hesitation as to what you get when Westminster and the new government meet in 2015.”