The people of Scotland deserve their say

Dr Alasdair Allan MSP has today welcomed press reports that
senior Liberal Democrats are to break party ranks and publicly support a
referendum on Scotland’s constitutional future. Reports suggest that LibDem
Westminster candidates are set to go public on their support for a referendum
after a serious of prominent members, including John Farquar Munro MSP and
George Lyon MEP criticised Tavish Scott’s stance and claim that support for a
referendum is running at four to one amongst LibDem members.

The Western Isles MSP, Dr Allan said:

“At four to one in favour of a referendum it is quite clear
that support for the people of Scotland having their say is quite

"It is now clear that Tavish Scott must change his parties
position on a independence referendum or face further embarrassment from a host
of prominent LibDems. Clearly they do not agree - that standing in the way of
the people of Scotland having their say is neither liberal nor

“The majority of Scots believe that they should have their
say on our constitutional future, the majority of LibDem voters share that view
and it looks like a majority of LibDem members are also supporting that
position. What does Tavish have to be scared of?

“Tavish now has only one option, give the people of Scotland
their democratic right or lose further credibility and authority as party


1. Public support and
support from LibDem voters:

The YouGov poll
commissioned by the SNP, and conducted from 1-2 September (sample 1,556) showed
the following support for a referendum:

* The Scottish Government wants to hold a referendum in 2010
to enable the people of Scotland to have a say as to whether or not Scotland
should become an independent country.    

In principle do you support or oppose a referendum on
Scottish independence as the right way to decide the issue?

I support a referendum on Scottish independence: 63%
I oppose a
referendum on Scottish independence: 26%
Don’t know/ no opinion: 11%

The figures for LibDem voters was 65% for a
referendum; 28% against.

2. According to a report in
the Daily Mail one LibDem insider said: "It's four-to-one in the membership in
favour of a referendum".

3. A report from the Scotsman last month shows support for a
referendum from MEP George Lyon, candidate Kevin Lang and “party strategists”
can be read here:

4. Paddy Ashdown's support for a referendum can be read

5. John Farquhar Munro's support for a referendum can be
read here: