English Scots for Yes co-founder Math Campbell-Sturgess will tour Dumfriesshire this weekend speaking to undecided voters about why he believes a Yes vote next month will be in the best interests of both Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Math will speak at a public meeting in Langholm this Friday evening alongside Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar, author Alan Bissett, and Jeane Freeman from Women for Independence. The presentation will begin at 7pm at the Eskdale Hotel and will be followed by a Q&A session. The event is free to attend and all are welcome.
On Saturday Math will visit Yes stalls across Dumfriesshire, including at the Moffat Show, to campaign alongside local Yes activists.
Speaking ahead of his visit. Math said:
“This referendum is not about where you were born, but about the best way to make Scotland’s vast wealth and resources work better for all who live and work in Scotland and contribute to Scottish society.
“I am English, and proudly so, but I live in Scotland and this is my home. And I believe that the best people to make decisions about Scotland are those who live and work here.
“One of our key messages is that a Yes vote will be good not only for Scotland but also for the other countries in these islands and that the social union after independence will not only be maintained but enhanced as a partnership of equals.
“And a Yes will also mean that Scotland we will always get the governments we vote for, instead of being ruled over by Westminster Tory governments that we reject.”
Former Green Party MSP and Yes campaigner Chris Ballance, who was born in Worcester and now lives in Moffat said:
"Yes is based on ordinary people talking to friends and neighbours about the benefits of independence. It’s about fairness and looking forwards, not back.
“Like lots of English people living in Dumfries and Galloway I have come to work in Scotland and will be voting Yes in the referendum because I look at how inefficient Westminster is - and how little concern it has for Scotland's interests.
“Westminster's only concern is for the City of London bankers.
“I know we can do better for ourselves.”