The Labour family is ready to take on the arguments for Independence

WE were joined on the campaign trail by Ed Miliband and Ed Balls last week, travelling across Scotland, they met people eager to hear about their plans for the next Labour government in 2015, and keen that Labour campaigns for a No vote and wins the referendum.

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The Labour family is together and ready to take on the shaky arguments being made for Independence, making our own positive case for staying together in the UK.

They joined me on our referendum battle bus - the Indyrefexpress. At stop after stop, we were blown away, not just by the enthusiasm of our activists, but by the overwhelming positive reactions from ordinary voters.

Families stopping at our street stalls, signing up to volunteer in the campaign and keen for materials like badges and car stickers to show their support for a No vote this September.

And on the doors, the quite genuine outrage from voters about the lack of answers to the most basic and straightforward questions that have been put to the Nationalists.

We are now in the short campaign and people who are currently undecided are starting to make up their minds.

Whether it is the start up costs or on the currency, one thing about the SNP position is clear - they are running out of time to come clean with the people of Scotland.

The warm welcome for our Labour campaign in this referendum has been invigorating.

Thousands of conversations are being had every week across Scotland, as our activists make the positive and powerful case for No in their communities.

The case for solidarity - that together we are stronger than when we stand alone.

It is why trade unionists the length and breadth of Scotland are out campaigning for a No vote, no surprise that they embrace the core argument for solidarity across the UK, and it is no surprise that the SNP - strangers to the Trade Union movement - do not grasp this fundamental point.

We met Labour supporters delighted to see their party out campaigning for No, joined by some of those who voted SNP in 2011, thoroughly disgusted by an SNP Government.

Sadly they are fully focused on their campaign to leave the UK, but they must remember that they have responsibilities - our NHS is in crisis and they have a responsibility to the electorate to address the concerns of staff and patients.

Even as we work to ensure the best of both worlds for Scotland by staying in the UK, the Labour Party continues to hold the SNP to account.

Solidarity, whether you are Newscastle or London, Edinburgh or Glasgow, is the basis of the Labour movement and it keeps us strong.

And as we campaigned on those streets, it is obvious that people across Scotland understand that unity is our strength.

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