The Labour Party in Dumfries and Galloway launched their campaign for a "no vote" in the Independence referendum with a visit to the region from Scottish Labour Deputy Leader Anas Sarwar.
Anas joined Labour's candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale Archie Dryburgh, Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray and Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown to launch the campaign which saw the local party hold a serious of campaign events across the region, including a visit to Annan on Friday (6 June 2014) by Scottish Labour's campaign battle bus the #indyRefExpress.
Anas Sarwar said: "It was fantastic to be in Dumfries and Galloway to support to the local campaign being led by Archie, Elaine and Russell. I was delighted with the really positive response we received. It's clear that given the proximity to the border, people in the area know more than anyone just how important the links between Scotland and the rest of the UK are. This will be one of the biggest political decisions the people of Scotland will make. That's why I'm committed to campaigning the length and breadth of Scotland to make the case for people to vote no on 18th. "
Archie Dryburgh said “It was great to welcome Anas on his visit to Annan to launch our local campaign. It's now less than 100 days to go until the referendum and our positive campaign locally is now very much in full swing. Scottish Labour believes in an idea bigger than independence. We believe that by working together and pulling our resources, we can deliver fairness and equality across the UK. We'll be working flat out to make that case to local people between now and September".
Elaine Murray said, "Our campaign locally is focused on speaking to as many people as possible between now and 18 September, whether that's on the doorstep or at street stalls. The response we are receiving is hugely positive. There is a real recognition from local people that Scotland and our region has the best of both worlds: a strong Scottish Parliament but within a secure and stable UK. "
Russell Brown said, "More and more people locally are beginning to think about not only how they plan to vote in September but what more they can do to get their voice heard. People who have never been involved in politics before are coming forward to help our campaign. I would encourage everyone who wants to keep Scotland as part of the UK, to volunteer their time to help make the positive case."