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Scottish independence: Labour to split on Yes vote

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Margaret Curran at the Labour conference in Brighton. Picture: PA

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Margaret Curran at the Labour conference in Brighton. Picture: PA

THE Labour Party will break up if Scotland opts to become independent, the shadow Scotland secretary Margaret Curran has said.

Scots will vote in September 2014 about whether or not their country should remain part of the United Kingdom, with Labour former chancellor Alistair Darling running the “Better Together” campaign.

Curran told delegates Labour has much to do in the future if it stays and works together as a united party.

But she warned this could be threatened if the Scottish National Party (SNP) succeeds in its campaign for separation.

Ms Curran also claimed SNP leader Alex Salmond is putting the interests of his party ahead of those of the Scottish people.

The shadow secretary told the Labour Party conference: “If the SNP have their way, their plan will mean the break-up of the British Labour Party after 113 years.

“I want to send a clear message from this conference: That after 113 years, Alex Salmond is not going to bring our movement to an end.”

 

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