The Scottish National Party (SNP) has outlined plans at its Spring Conference in Glasgow for a broad, massive ‘Yes’ campaign for the independence referendum involving sectoral groups across Scottish society.
Last weekend, Alex Salmond announced that the Yes campaign will be launched shortly after the local elections (3 May) and close of the Scottish Government's referendum consultation (11 May).
SNP Independence Referendum Campaign Director and Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP told delegates that plans are already at an advanced stage for the launch.
He gave details of the organisation which will “bring together all supporters of independence" who want to help secure a historic ‘YES’ vote”.
Sectoral campaigns will bring together people with particular interests across Scottish society, including: Business for Independence, Trade Unionists for Independence, Women for Independence, Artists for Independence, Veterans for Independence, Youth for Independence, Senior Citizens for Independence, and many others.
Further plans were outlined for “the most effective campaign in Scottish political history”, including a cutting-edge website, the updated ‘Activate’ campaign data-management system and GPS campaign smart phone technology for effective campaigning.
The details were presented to SNP delegates after a run of more than 20 Independence Referendum Roadshow events around the Scotland which have been attended by more than 2,000 people.
In his Independence Referendum presentation to the SNP Spring Conference Angus Robertson MP said:
“I am happy to confirm that we are working towards a ‘YES Campaign’launch shortly after the Local Government elections.
“There will be a dedicated campaign structure at national level, providing materials, coordinating activities, research and resources.
"There will be local campaigns directing grassroots activities, from district level to town and community level.
“And there will be sectoral campaigns bringing together people across Scottish society, including: Business for Independence, Trade Unionists for Independence, Woman for Independence, Artists for Independence, Veterans for Independence, Youth for Independence, Senior Citizens for Independence and many others.
"We will use cutting edge IT and communication technology to run the most effective campaign in Scottish political history.
"All of these innovations are important, but they will not replace the most important element of all in this campaign, which is the involvement of record numbers of ordinary people around country.
“This will be a campaign for everyone. This is about our collective future and future generations. Together we will change Scotland for the better.”