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Scottish Nationalist And Labour Party Activist?

Now this is interesting. From The Scotsman:

“LABOUR chiefs say a rebellion among its grassroots members in favour of independence lacks “any real support” within party ranks.

A website has been launched called Labour for Independence, which is urging Scottish party leader Johann Lamont to allow members a vote on the constitutional question, with a view to shifting the party’s stance in favour of leaving the UK in the 2014 referendum.

Senior Labour figures say the website, launched by party member Allan Grogan, has attracted plentiful backing from SNP supporters. But the party insists that members are free to bring policy suggestions before Labour conference.

A posting by Mr Grogan on the website states: “I’m pleased that we have given the pro-indy Labour voters a home to voice their opinions.

“In the last month, we have gained 24,000 Facebook viewers, created our own website, which after one week has more than 2,000 hits.”

He also urges pro-independence Labour supports to turn out at a major rally planned for 22 September.

“We need to show the Labour Party, the rest of the political parties and the media watching, that there is a genuine demand from Labour voters for independence,” he adds.

“In the coming months, we will look to appeal to Ms Lamont and the heads of the Scottish Labour Party for a membership vote on Labour’s stance.”

Nationalists were quick to seize on the move, with Christine McKelvie, who chairs Holyrood’s external relations committee, urging the party
hierarchy to listen to its grassroots. membership.

A recent opinion poll on behalf of think-tank Reform Scotland, which is behind the devo-plus campaign, found that almost three-quarters of Labour voters wanted unionists to campaign for more powers for the Scottish Parliament during the referendum campaign.”

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