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by Tom Freeman
19 September 2014
Scotland says No

Scotland says No

Scotland has voted ‘No’ to independence. A total of 2,001,926 voted No with 1,617,989 voting Yes – a split of 55.3 per cent to 44.7 per cent.

Dundee, Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire narrowly voted Yes, though the rest of Scotland’s local authorities rejected independence.

The first to declare was Clackmannanshire, which was a top target for the Yes campaign. However Better Together sensed victory when the small region between Stirling and Perth voted against independence by 53.8 per cent to 46.2 per cent.

The turnout was 84.5 per cent – a new record for any election since the introduction of universal suffrage in 1918. Turnout reached 91 per cent in East Dunbartonshire, 90.4 per cent in East Renfrewshire and 90.1 per cent in Stirling.

However Glasgow and Dundee, which were key targets for the Yes campaign, were slightly lower at 75 per cent and 78.8 per cent respectively. This would suggest, when it came to polling day, Better Together were more successful in getting their vote out.

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