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Cumbernauld Media talks to Better Together's Rob Shorthouse after his Cumbernauld visit

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 17:38 GMT on Friday, June 21st, 2013.

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20-06-2013 - By Scott Campbell (+44) 0774 296 870 - Better Together public meeting, at Cumbernauld's Cornerstone House.
Rob Shorthouse (left) addressed a gathering in Cumbernauld, last night. Image is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

CUMBERNAULD Media caught up with Better Together’s Director of Communications, Rob Shorthouse, after he was the guest speaker at a Better Together public meeting, in Cumbernauld, last night.

Mr Shorthouse spoke at the Better Together organised public meeting, at Cornerstone House, last night, stressing that community groups were essential to taking forward the message that Scotland was better inside the United Kingdom, than out of it. 

Today, Cumbernauld Media’s Scott Campbell caught up with Mr Shorthouse and put a number of questions to him, nearly twenty-four hours after his visit to Cumbernauld.

Why were you in Cumbernauld last night?

Last night was the first meeting of the steering group of Better Together Cumbernauld. As Director of Communications for the Campaign, I try and attend these types of meetings so that I can do two things. Firstly, to give my perspective on how the campaign is going; and, secondly, to listen to local views and local ideas.

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What was your message to those who attended the message, and how do you feel it was perceived? 

My message was quite clear. If we are to win the referendum next year, we have to get people in Cumbernauld involved in the campaign. People cannot leave this to someone else. If you believe that Scotland is better as part of the United Kingdom, then they have to fight for it.

Last night you spoke of the Better Together campaign being the legally recognised pro-UK side. In your opinion why do you believe that Scotland’s future is better served as remaining as part of the United Kingdom? 

I believed that there are three powerful arguments. We are economically better off as part of the UK single market. Scottish firms sell more to the rest of the UK than we do to every other country in the world combined. Secondly, I believe that we are more influential as part of the UK – we have a seat at the top table of the EU, the UN, the World Bank, the IMF etc… And thirdly, we are stronger when we work together. The UK has achieved so much because we haven’t divided ourselves into separate parts.

At yesterday’s meeting you spoke of Better Together being a community-focused campaign. How can people get involved with Better Together, in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth? 

If they register at we will contact them.

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