McLeod welcomes claims Yes vote is now stronger in south

SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Aileen McLeod has welcomed new polling evidence claiming that support for Yes has taken the lead in the South of Scotland.

The minister says that a poll carried out by Survation shows support for a Yes vote in the South of Scotland now stands at 48% per cent – compared to 39% per cent support for a No vote.

Aileen said: “Speaking to people on the doorsteps across Galloway in recent weeks I have been delighted with the strong support for a Yes vote from local people – it’s becoming increasingly clear that when people hear about the opportunities of independence, they move to Yes.

“That Yes is now taking the lead is no surprise. People know that Scotland is an incredibly wealthy country – richer per head than France, Japan and the UK as a whole. We also know too many people in Galloway don’t feel the benefits of this wealth and are suffering under the austerity agenda of a Westminster government that people didn’t vote for.

“With the full powers of independence we will take a different path. With a Yes vote we can make Scotland’s wealth work for all the people who live here - creating new and better jobs and revitalising communities across Scotland which have been abandoned by Westminster.

“These poll results echo with what Yes campaigners are hearing on the doorsteps of our communities. As people across our region hear more about the opportunities of a Yes vote, I am confident that support for independence will rise even further and we will deliver a resounding Yes vote in September.”