Better Together campaign launches in Aberdeenshire

Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat supporters come together for the launch of Better Together in Aberdeenshire.
Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat supporters come together for the launch of Better Together in Aberdeenshire.

Scores of people turned out for the launch of Better Together Aberdeenshire recently.

Over 160 grass-roots campaigners gathered in Inverurie to plan events urging people to vote no to Scottish Independence.

The lead co-ordinators of the event chose Inverurie for the launch due to its central location in Aberdeenshire.

The event was opened by local businessman Maitland Mackie, who said: “Devolution gives us the best of both worlds. The process, which is continually maturing, gives Scotland control over its own affairs but also a voice internationally as part of the UK.”

Stewart Whyte, who is one of the lead co-ordinators, commented: “We were hugely encouraged that so many people came from all over Aberdeenshire.”

A cross-party and non-party panel including Sir Malcolm Bruce MP, Councillor Alison Evison, Sir Peter Graham and Alex Johnstone MSP took questions and comments from the floor.

Local lead co-ordinator Audrey Findlay added: “Many people showed their enthusiasm for Better Together during this session.

“They were really keen to set up groups across the whole of Aberdeenshire from the north to the south.”

Councillor Alison Evison said: “Everyone who came was really determined to drive the Better Together campaign forward.They want to ensure that people in Aberdeenshire are aware of the true costs of independence. We will work together over the coming months to spread this message.”

The event concluded with grass-roots groups across Aberdeenshire being formed by the local activists.

A series of events has been planned for across Aberdeenshire, details of which will be posted on the Better Together website.