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Cumbernauld urged to vote yes as Canavan speaks in Cumbernauld Village

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:29 GMT on Monday, May 20th, 2013.

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17-05-2013 - By Scott Campbell (+44) 0774 296 870 - Dennis Canavan, Chair of Yes Scotland, Jamie Hepburn, SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, and Sarah-Jane Wells at Cumbernauld Village Hall Yes Scotland public meeting
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CUMBERNAULD and Kilsyth residents of all parties – and none, have helped make two local Yes Scotland meetings a “success”.

Campaigners for the pro-independence, Yes Scotland camp organised two public meetings, this month; one at Kilsyth’s Coachman Inn, and another at Cumbernauld Village’s Village Hall.

Chaired by Cumbernauld and Kilsyth SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn, both meetings had a special guest star - Dennis Canavan, former Labour MP, independent MSP and Chairman of Yes Scotland.

Mr Canavan spoke about his journey to supporting a Scottish split from UK, at both meetings, arguing that Labour has lost its way, with independence being the only way for the party to live on. 

The former Kilsyth politician also talked of the growing difference in norms and values, which are appearing between union figureheads, Scotland and England. He argued that whilst London imposed tuition fees, Scotland scrapped them, arguing that a number of differences were starting to immerge – showing that the political union was no longer in Scotland’s interests.  

Commenting, Dennis Canavan said he was “delighted” to have attended the meetings in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, adding that “it was good to be back in Kilsyth”. 

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He said: “I was delighted to speak at these meetings in both Cumbernauld and Kilsyth. It was particularly good to be back in Kilsyth, a town I had the pleasure of serving almost 10 years as the Member of Parliament for.
“Having served 26 years as a Member of the Westminster Parliament and 8 years in the Scottish Parliament, I have come to the conclusion that Westminster is completely out of touch with Scotland, whereas the Scottish Parliament responds more readily to the values, the needs and the aspirations of the people of Scotland.
“On issues like free care for the elderly, financial support for students and free prescriptions, the Scottish Parliament has proved to be far more radical and far more progressive than Westminster. In an independent Scotland, the Scottish Parliament would have the power to do much more.
“Independence is not an end in itself. It is a means of achieving greater standards of social justice here in Scotland and giving the people of Scotland the opportunity to help to build a better world, through our full membership of the international community.”

Jamie Hepburn MSP chaired both public meetings and the meeting in Kilsyth on Wednesday 15th May was also addressed by Jeane Freeman, former Special Advisor to Jack McConnell and the meeting in Cumbernauld on Friday 17th May was addressed by Sarah Jane Walls, a local businesswoman who lives in the Cumbernauld area and is a member of the Yes Scotland advisory board.
Commenting, Jamie Hepburn MSP said that the “good turnout” showed “great interest” with a number of audience members now favouring Scottish independence.

The area’s MSP said: "The good turnout at these two public meetings indicates great interest in the referendum next year. I know that many of those who came along hadn't made their mind up as to how they will vote, and that was exactly why it was important to hold these meetings. Many of those people who came along are now voting Yes next year.

"I am very grateful to Dennis Canavan, Jeane Freeman and Sarah Jane Walls for giving their time to address these meetings. I understand that they are engaged in a series of such events across the country and it was good that they took the time to come to both Cumbernauld and Kilsyth as part of that schedule."

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