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The referendum timeline

May 2007

Scottish National Party form majority Scottish Executive.

SNP defeats Lab/L.D. eight year coalition, taking 47 seats to form a minority government after failed coalition talks. Salmond becomes first minister and debate turns to indpendence, as Executive becomes the Scottish Government.

August 2007

SNP launch a 'National Conversation'.

Alex Salmond: "No change was no longer an option"; SNP launch National Conversation, a white paper setting out the "full range" of options for Scotland's future, running until November 2009. 

June 2009

Calman Commission report made public; more powers recommended. 

10-year review of devolution by Sir Kenneth is published, as the 'Calman Commission',  - concluding that Holyrood should take charge of half the income tax raised in Scotland, with control of national speed limits; drink-driving laws and air gun legislation.

February 2010

Publication of draft Referendum Bill.

SNP minority Administration publishes draft Referendum Bill; looking at a proposed referendum, saying  voters will have the option of voting for either more powers or full independence. However, opposition parties say they will vote down any legislation.

May 2011

Scottish National Party form first majority government. 

SNP claims majority of Scottish Parliament seats and their leader, Alex Salmond, says the majority is "a victory for a society and a nation", with 69 seats; Labour 37; Tories 15; Lib Dems. 5; and, others 3. Referendum talk gets serious; Salmond says it will be held in "the second half" of the parliament.

October 2011

SNP launches its independence campaign; 'Your Scotland Your Future'.

At their Perth autumn conference, Angus Robertson, the SNP's Westminster Leader,  officially launches the party's drive for independence, in an "unprecedented" effort to win the referendum. Robertson tells the party that their campaign will appeal to people from all political backgrounds, in the battle for a "yes" vote.

November 2011

Home Rule Commission set up, by the Liberal Democrats.

Former leader of the Lib Dems, Sir Menzies Campbell, is appointed chair of the Lib Dems' Home Rule Commission, with one of its aims being to examine the case for "the next step after Calman".

10 January 2012

Salmond declares an autumn 2014 independence referendum.

First Minister Alex Salmond announces it his intention to hold a referendum in the autumn of 2014. Meanwhile, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore is making a statement, at Westminster, declaring that the Scottish government has no legal powers to hold the ballot, offering to resolve the issue by transferring powers to Holyrood.

25 January 2012

SNP sets out proviso question in government white paper.

The Scottish government opens their proviso ballot question for public feedback. It asks: "Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?" Meanwhile, the "Your Scotland, Your Referendum" consultation also seeks to find out whether the public favours a second question on more powers for the Scottish Parliament.

13 February 2012

Two governments continue talks as consultations get under way. 

"Modest progress" in referendum talks - First Minister Alex Salmond says of talks with Scottish Secretary Michael Moore make, as the pair try to iron out differences, mainly on timing. Mr Salmond says no agreement on "substantive issues" is reached.

17 May 2012

Consultation responses published by the UK government. 

Almost 3,000 responses are made to the UK government's independence referendum consultation, from a number of groups across civic society. Westminster Ministers say the responses show strong support for a single, clear question on independence.

25 May 2012

Cross party 'Yes Scotland' campaign launches at star-studded ceremony.

The official "yes to independence" campaign, Yes Scotland, is launched at star-studded ceremony; aiming to encourage one million Scots to sign a declaration of support to independence, before the referendum. 

25 June 2012

Pro-union campaign, Better Together launches.

Pro-union campaign, Better Together, is launched with former chancellor Alistair Darling. The ceremony relied on the testimony of "real Scots" as Mr Darling compares independence to buying "a one-way ticket to send our children to a deeply uncertain destination"; arguing Scotland has the "best of both worlds".

9 October 2012

Talks near conclusion; two governments recognise "substantial progress".

Following a series of discussions between the Scottish deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the UK government's Scottish secretary, Michael Moore, it is made clear that "substantial progress" is made, suggesting that a full agreement on the mechanisms of the referendum will come "in the next few days".

15 October 2012

'The Edinburgh Agreement'; the referendum deal is signed by Cameron and Salmond.

A historic day is covered worldwide as Ministers from the UK and Scottish governments reach a deal over the independence referendum. The Edinburgh Agreement is signed by Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond, paving the way for a vote in autumn 2014, which both governments will "honour" the result of.

22 October 2012

Your Scotland, Your Referendum; Scottish government consultation is published.

26,000 responses to the Scottish government's consultation on the planned referendum on Scottish independence are revealed  Key statistics show 64% broadly agreed with the question's wording; 28% did not.

9 November 2012

'Do you agree...?'; Scottish government sets out its preferred question.

Following the consultation, the Scottish government confirms its preferred ballot question; "Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country? Yes or No." The question is handed to the Electoral Commission watchdog, for scrutiny.

16 January 2013

The House of Lords approve Section 30 order. 

The House of Lords unanimously approves the Section 30 order, necessary to transfer the legal powers to Holyrood, which will allow it to hold the independence referendum. The approval paves the way for the introduction of a Referendum Bill to the Scottish Parliament.

30 January 2013

'Should Scotland...?'; election watchdog and Scottish government agree referendum question.

The SNP Scottish government agrees to alter the wording of its proposed independence referendum question, after concern from the Electoral Commission that it may lead people to vote "Yes". The poll will ask: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

11 February 2013

"Separate state"; UK government sets out first of no-to-independence papers.

Legal opinion is cited in the first of a series of UK government papers on independence; stating that an independent Scotland would be seen as a separate state under international law. Meanwhile, UK ministers say Scottish devolution had become a trusted form of government that would be lost under independence; SNP ministers say it would be "staggeringly arrogant" of the UK government to suggest Scotland would be left with nothing.

12 March 2013

Scottish government set out teen vote proposals.

The Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill was introduced by Nicola Sturgeon on 11th, March, 2013 and proposes legislation to allow 16 and 17-year-olds a vote in the referendum; deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon says young people have the biggest stake in the future of the country, while critics argue further clarity is needed.

21 March 2013

Salmond and Sturgeon declare date with destiny; 18th, Sept. 2014. 

The Scottish government announce the referendum date on a day which the SNP call "historic". The ballot will take place on Thursday, September 18th, 2014, it is announced as the SNP bring forward the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill. However, opposition parties accuse the SNP of keeping voters in the dark for too long.

9 April 2013

Salmond's Speech: Scotland as a Good Global Citizen.

First Minister Alex Salmond addresses the Brookings Institution, in a speech where he confirms his vision that an independent Scotland’s defence policy would be based on pursing active global partnerships including NATO membership.

14 April 2013

Scotland’s Balance Sheet is published.

A detailed assessment of Scotland’s public finances is published by the Scottish government, which the government claims, "...shows that Scotland is in a stronger financial position that the UK."

23 April 2013

Scottish government publishes' Currency Choices for an Independent Scotland'.

The Scottish government publishes its response to the Fiscal Commission Working Group's Macroeconomic Framework report, with the Scottish government writing that continuing with Sterling, post-independence, would be the "best option". 

20 May 2013

UK government publishes 'Scotland analysis: Financial services and banking'.

Scotland analysis: Financial services and banking. UK Government's Scottish Secretary says an independent Scotland would find it to be "difficult and expensive" to provide protection for savers and pensioners.

21 May 2013

Scottish government publishes 'Scotland’s Economy: the case for independence'.

Scotland’s Economy: the case for independence; Scottish Government publishes a paper to explain the economic potential of Scotland as an independent nation.

11 June 2013

Welfare in an independent Scotland; Expert Working Group on Welfare publishes its report.

The Expert Working Group on Welfare publishes a paper to set out the options for the welfare system of  an independent Scotland.
23 July 2013

Scottish Government report on oil in a separate Scotland is published. 

'Maximising the Return from Oil and Gas in an Independent Scotland' paper outlines the oil and gas industry’s contribution to the economy and the what the sector could offer an independent Scotland..

25 July 2013

Vision on defence in an independent Scotland, outlined by Alex Salmond.

First Minister Alex Salmond’s speech at the Public Discussion in Shetland, during the 2013 summer cabinet tour.
Read it in full here.

23 September 2013

SNP set out pensions vision of a post-independent Scotland.

‘Pensions in an Independent Scotland’ was published by the Scottish Government and was supposed to "confirm that pensions will be paid in full, and on time, as now", according to the Scottish Government.
Read it in full here.

15 November 2013

Referendum Bill passes the Scottish Parliament, meaning referendum is law.

"This is a truly historic moment in Scotland’s national story. It means that in September next year the people of Scotland will be asked whether they want this country to be independent." - Nicola Sturgeon
Read it in full here.

26 November 2013

'Scotland's Future'; Scotland's FM and Deputy FM outline iScotland white paper 'blueprint'. 

At Glasgow Science Centre, on November 26th, 2013, First Minister Alex Salmond and Deputy First Minister Alex Salmond outlined the Scottish Government's white paper on the prospects of an independent Scotland, entitled 'Scotland's Future'.
Read it in full here.

The local campaign names

Locally, there are three key names in the independence campaign; Labour MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East, Gregg McClymont; Labour MSP for Central Scotland, Mark Griffin; SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Jamie Hepburn; and, Scottish Socialist Party National Secretary, Kevin McVey. Below is a biography of each of the well-known local political activists. 

Gregg McClymont MP

Gregg grew up in Kildrum, Cumbernauld and went to Cumbernauld High School between 1988-1993. Then after, he took degrees in History at the Universities of Glasgow, Pennsylvania and Oxford; benefitting from several scholarships including the Thouron scholarship which paid for Gregg to live and study history at the University of Pennsylvania.

He returned to the UK in 1999 and undertook a PhD in history at Oxford University. And then he taught history at St Hugh's College Oxford where he was a Fellow until elected as MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, in May 2010. A year later, Gregg was moved to the Labour front bench where he served as an assistant whip before becoming Shadow Pensions Minister, in October 2011.

Mr McClymont is a supporter of the Better Together campaign and, is the incumbent Labour MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East.

Mark Griffin MSP

Mark was born in Glasgow in 1985, living in Kilsyth since his birth; attending St. Patrick’s Primary School and then St Maurice’s High School, before studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, where he graduated with a BEng (Hons) degree, in 2007.

During his time at university, and for a number of years after it, Mark served in the British Army, as a soldier with the TA. He has also worked as an engineer in Northern Ireland.

In 2008 Mark was elected to North Lanarkshire Council, representing the people of the Kilsyth Ward. Until 2011, Mark served as Vice Convenor of the Council’s Planning Committee.

Mark was elected to the Scottish Parliament in May 2011, as a Labour MSP representing the Central Scotland region. Upon his election at the age of 25, Mark is the youngest MSP in the history of the Scottish Parliament.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys playing and watching football, attending concerts and keeping fit.

Mr Griffin is a supporter of the Better Together campaign and, is a Labour MSP for Central Scotland.

Jamie Hepburn MSP

Jamie joined the SNP aged 18 and became active in the party's student wing. During his time as a student he was involved in the campaigns to elect Ian Hamilton and Alasdair Gray as rector of Glasgow University.

He also served as Senior Vice President of Glasgow University Students' Representative Council and as convenor of the SNP student wing, as well as representing them to the party's National Executive Committee for two years. 

Jamie has also served as convener of the SNP youth wing and secretary of the SNP's Glasgow Regional Association. Jamie was Election Agent to Alex Dingwall, SNP candidate in Glasgow Maryhill at the 2001 general election, before standing as an SNP council candidate for the Firhill ward in Glasgow in 2003, and in the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East seat at the 2005 Westminster election.

He has worked variously as a doorman at the Citizens' Theatre in Glasgow, as a data processor at Scottish Power and as a research assistant for Alex Neil MSP.

Mr Hepburn is a supporter of the Yes Scotland campaign and, is the incumbent SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.

Kevin McVey

A civil service trade union representative for 20 years, Kevin was brought up in Ruchazie. In 1984, Kevin joined the Labour Party Young Socialists although he was expelled from the Labour party 5 years later for being a socialist.

In the 2012 local elections Kevin stood as the Scottish Socialist Party's candidate, in Cumbernauld South. He is also the incumbent National Secretary of the Scottish Socialist Party.

Kevin has a long track record of fighting the poll tax, against school closures, and for taxation of the rich to improve public services.

Mr McVey is a supporter of the Yes Scotland campaign.

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