The SNP set out the roadmap to independence today as Angus Robertson MP, Director of the Independence Referendum campaign revealed the party has ring-fenced a £918,000 legacy left by Scotland’s former Makar Edwin Morgan for the party’s campaign for independence.
The bequest was confirmed for the first time today as SNP Conference comes to a close in Inverness and the party sets out on the next steps in Scotland’s journey.
Telling conference that the referendum campaign is starting Angus Robertson said:
“Today we are announcing that the independence referendum campaign is starting. We will work as hard as possible in an unprecedented national campaign to secure the majority ‘yes’ vote for a sovereign independent Scotland.
We will galvanise and motivate our members and supporters; work with the many supporters of independence with no party affiliation and in other parties; engage with different sectors of society to build confidence and optimism in the independence case and reach out within our communities, door by door, street by street in the most unprecedented campaign of mobilisation and communication by the SNP and in the history of Scottish politics.”
Confirming the bequest Mr Robertson said:
“As the First Minister said yesterday Edwin Morgan didn’t wear his politics on his sleeve but he has left this party a legacy which is transformational in its scope and which we will put to use campaigning to build a better nation.
“ Today I am delighted to confirm that Scotland's independence campaign has been generously supported by the late, great Scots poet and Makar Edwin Morgan with a substantial contribution of £918,000, which is ring-fenced for the referendum campaign.
“In appreciating this financial generosity we are inspired by the words of Edwin Morgan, who wrote the formal poem for the opening of the new Scottish Parliament building:
"When you convene you will be reconvening, with a sense of not wholly the power, not yet wholly the power, but a good sense of what was once in the honour of your grasp. "All right. Forget, or don't forget, the past. Trumpets and robes are fine, but in the present and the future you will need something more.”
“Edwin Morgan was absolutely right: we need something more, which is independence. We are indebted to him for his inspiration and his financial support.
“With these resources we are going to be able to properly support campaign efforts on the ground, in our communities the length and breadth of Scotland.
“Support for independence has moved into the lead and the people of Scotland want to be persuaded. Scotland’s independence campaign starts now. Scotland, it's starting.”