Sunday, 21 September 2014
Yes campaigners in Banff & Buchan have taken heart from the fact that a Yes vote topped the poll locally.
While there are no official figures for the referendum result broken down by constituency, information gathered by the Yes Campaign’s Counting Agents at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre point to a clear Yes vote in Banff & Buchan.
Commenting, a spokesperson for YES Banff & Buchan said:
“Although we are disappointed that we failed to secure a Yes vote last week, we can take great heart from the fact that 1.6 million people, 45% of the electorate, voted Yes. And we’re proud that in every age group except our older citizens, the Yes campaign won a majority of votes.”
Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford said:
“Alex continues to be an outstanding MSP for East Aberdeenshire. Anyone who knows Alex, knows his extraordinary willingness to make time for his constituents, his determination to improve the lives of our people, and his desire to build a better future for Scotland.
“I am very sad that Alex is stepping down as First Minister. One of the supreme ironies of this campaign is that all along the No campaign tried to make the Referendum all about Alex. And on Friday, that's exactly what happened, and instead of focussing on defeat, the agenda focussed on him.
“But Alex’s departure as First Minister leaves Scotland with unfinished business in terms of the new powers promised to our parliament, but the seeds of hope and expectation he has helped to plant in the hearts and minds of the people of our country will flourish in the years to come, and will make Scotland a better place for all of us.”