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Jim Murphy launches ‘Barrhead to Barra’ No tour

Scottish Labour MP Jim Murphy on a street corner in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire. Picture: Hemedia

Scottish Labour MP Jim Murphy on a street corner in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire. Picture: Hemedia

SCOTTISH Labour MP Jim Murphy will today launch his “Barrhead to Barra” tour, taking in 100 Scottish towns before the referendum for Scottish independence in September.

He said he would not be “sitting in a campaign HQ or refreshing Twitter every few minutes”, adding: “I know organising so many open-air meetings isn’t without its dangers – not from hecklers or Nationalists but mostly from Scotland’s weather.”

In a bid to match the grassroots campaign style more widely adopted by Yes Scotland, Mr Murphy will host events on his tour from street corners and supermarkets in towns across the country.

Mr Murphy, the MP for East Renfrewshire, said: “This is the most important decision in Scotland’s history and I want to campaign in a different way. Over the next hundred days I will cross Scotland meeting people on their doorsteps and street corners and campaigning in a good old fashioned way.

“I’ll meet, listen and talk to people who want to know more about the referendum in cities, towns, villages, the mainland and islands throughout Scotland. You can’t do that by sitting in a campaign HQ or by refreshing Twitter every few minutes.”

He added: “Whether it’s in Barrhead or in Barra, it’s clear that as part of the UK we can have the best of worlds for Scotland. We can have a strong Scottish Parliament, with the guarantee of more powers, backed up by the strength, security and stability of being part of the larger UK. I’m really looking forward to getting out and about the country and discussing Scotland’s future with Scotland’s people.”

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