Indyref: 'People say they aren't getting the answers'

ON Day Three of our series of leader interviews Political Correspondent STEWART PATERSON talks to Labour leader Johann Lamont on why she feels Glasgow will vote no.

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Johann Lamont says the Yes campaign has not been convincing
Johann Lamont says the Yes campaign has not been convincing

PEOPLE in Glasgow will decide the "sensible" option is to vote no to independence, says the Scottish Labour leader.

Johann Lamont said the SNP and the Yes campaign have not given the answers to why Scotland should be independent.

The Pollok MSP said people are now making up their minds and she believes people are deciding the best option is remaining in the UK.

Ms Lamont said: "My hope is the people will vote no. I increasingly feel Glasgow will vote with its heart and head and vote no. Common sense will take over.

"People are asking 'what does it mean for me' and the Scottish Government's White Paper doesn't answer the big question, which is why?"

This year has been a momentous one in the Scottish Labour lead-er's household, with the Commonwealth Games as big a deal as the referendum campaign.

Ms Lamont was speaking before going to the Games opening ceremony with husband Archie Graham, deputy leader of Glasgow City Council who has had Games responsibility.

She said she was not able to put into words her pride in her husband and the city at the progress from bid announcement to opening ceremony.

She said: "That goes right the way back to when the bid was first won, and the Scottish Government took up the challenge too.

"We got the Games because Glasgow knows how to do events and 70% of the venues were in place already. From the Garden Festival to the Women's 10K, Glasgow has had a reputation for delivering successful events for years.

"I watched the baton relay in my area and thousands came out to cheer it along and attend community events."

Ms Lamont will be back on the campaign trail for the final push and in Glas-gow she said, while people want to relate it to their own circumstances, some issues keep coming up.

She said: "People tell us they are not getting the answers to the questions from the SNP. In the last few weeks I've heard concerns about the universities and defence among other things

"There are worries about pensions and about the NHS. These are all issues people have concerns about.

"The shipyards is a big thing. I am listening to people in the industry and people in the financial sector, they are not convinced by the answers on independence."

While polls fluctuate and momentum has seemed to move no to yes in the early part of the year, Ms Lamont feels undecided voters are now coming to the conclusion that the answers do not add up to voting yes.

She said: "There is that sense that we are coming to an end point and people are now testing the arguments. People have a confidence now to say no. But we know there is everything to play for.

"I'm struck when speaking to people how they are seeing the debate in the context of their own lives and people feel they aren't getting answers from Alex Salmond.

"Instinctively people know what they want. People are testing the arguments and they are saying no.

"It is making people question what is the point of the UK and they are finding the answers."

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