Independence Referendum Unveiled by First Minister Alex Salmond

REFERENDUM – LABOUR POLICY IS BACK TO “BRING IT ON”

PARTY’S CONSTITUTIONAL SPOKESPERSON SAYS “NAME THE DAY”

Welcoming the remarks made by Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Culture and the Constitution, Pauline McNeill, at today’s First Minister’s Questions where she called on the Scottish Government to “name the day” for a referendum on Scotland’s constitutional future, SNP MSP Dr Alasdair Allan said Labour were back to their 2008 confusion caused by Wendy Alexander’s “Bring it on” statement – when Labour changed their position three times in three months between opposing, then supporting, and then opposing a referendum again.

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1. News item from Western Mail – Wednesday 17th February 2010 – headlined “Tories accuse Labour of dithering over referendum”:

Welsh Tory leader Nick Bourne AM said:

“I’m beginning to think there are some shadowy figures within the Labour Party who want to stop this referendum from happening at all. Carwyn Jones told me that time is of the essence on this issue yet the government he leads has had three years to sort this out.”

“The National Assembly gave a clear and unequivocal decision last week. The First Minister needs to stop dithering and get on with it.”

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/02/17/tories-accuse-welsh-assembly-government-of-dithering-over-referendum-91466-2585013

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