Proclaimers donate £10k to Yes campaign

Scottish independence: PRO-independence band The Proclaimers are among the latest donors to the Yes side, with a £10,000 gift from the brothers Charlie and Craig Reid, the latest figures on campaign finance showed today.

The Proclaimers' song Cap in Hand has been adopted as an unofficial pro-Yes anthem. Picture: Jane Barlow
The Proclaimers' song Cap in Hand has been adopted as an unofficial pro-Yes anthem. Picture: Jane Barlow

Yes Scotland received cash from the Proclaimers Live Limited - a company with which the singer-songwriter brothers are registered as directors.

More than a quarter of a million pounds was donated to the two sides in the third of four reporting periods for donations in the period between 25 July and 21 August.

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There was £178,000 for pro-independence groups and £75,000 to No-supporting organisations, according to the figures published by the Electoral Commission today.

The previous monthly round of donations recorded a total of £216,278 from registered campaigners in the independence referendum.

The bulk of the cash last time went to groups campaigning for a No vote, with just £65,000 of the £216,278 going to pro-independence organisations.

However, in the latest campaign finance returns, the pro-independence side received greater sums.

Yes Scotland received £75,000 from SNP supporter Randall Foggie and £50,000 from Elizabeth Topping - the wife of Ralph Topping - the former chief executive of bookmakers William Hill.

YeS Scotland was also gifted £33,000 by businessman Mohammad Ramzan - the uncle of Scottish Labour deputy leader Anas Sarwar.

The No side received more cash from novelist CJ Sansom and banking businessman Douglas Flint, who gave £15,000 and £10,000 respectively to the Let’s Stay Together campaign, which produced a film starring Doctor Who and Torchwood star John Barrowman and soap actress Michelle Collins.

A total of £50,000 was donated to the coffers of the anti-independence No Borders group by business supporters.

The group received £20,000 from Malcolm Offord, £10,000 from Kenneth Greig and £20,000 from Alan McFarlane.

However, there were no donations to the official anti-independence campaign - Better Together - during the most recently recorded period..