Yes vote triumph in Scottish Labour leader's own backyard
A schools debate in the heart of Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont’s Glasgow constituency has resulted in a win for Yes.
Ms Lamont was up against fellow Glasgow MSP and External Affairs and International Development Minister Humza Yousaf at the seventh annual St Andrew’s Day political debate hosted by St Paul’s School in Pollok on Glasgow’s southside.
Around 200 senior pupils listened to the arguments in a debate chaired by Dave Moxham, STUC Deputy General Secretary. Pupils asked questions on issues from currency and defence to what independence offers young people in the future.
At the end of the debate the result of the ballot was Yes 104 votes, No 81 (56% v 44%).
Humza Yousaf said: "The Yes campaign is characterised by its hope, aspiration and optimism. The change for young people in determining their future clearly inspired the pupils at St Paul's High School, in Johann Lamont's own constituency."
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