Former Liberal Democrat leader and candidate for Ross, Skye and Lochaber Charles Kennedy has said that the Liberal Democrats will not put the unity of the United Kingdom at risk as the General Election campaign enters its final stretch.
Campaigning with Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate Jo Swinson in East Dunbartonshire today, Mr Kennedy challenged the Scottish Conservatives and the SNP for trying to reopen the independence vote after Scots voted to stay in the UK.
With eleven days to go, Mr Kennedy’s event marks the first of a series of Scottish Liberal Democrat campaign initiatives to highlight the eleven seats where people can vote Liberal Democrat to maximum effect, to deliver fairness and unity.
Speaking on the campaign trail in Bearsden, Charles Kennedy said:
"There are eleven days to go in this campaign. Eleven days to choose who goes into government.
"Liberal Democrats will bring stability and unity. Liberal Democrats will secure the economic recovery and invest in the health service.
"We are the only party that can do both.
"Just months after a clear referendum decision to keep the UK together it is alarming that two parties seem to be doing their best to reopen the issue.
“The SNP have gone back on their commitment that there would not be another referendum for a lifetime. And the Conservatives are sowing division by stoking up English nationalism.
“The Liberal Democrats will not out our unity at risk so in each of the eleven Scottish Liberal Democrat seats it is a straight choice.
“It is a choice between the Liberal Democrats, who will grow the economy and invest in the NHS, or the SNP who want a second referendum and ramp up the debt.
"The Liberal Democrats are best placed to stop the SNP.
"Any other vote will let the SNP in across Scotland and put the economic recovery and unity at risk.
"Liberal Democrats are going to spend the eleven days in the eleven seats campaigning hard for every vote."