Scotland politics

Scottish independence: MP Jim Murphy resumes campaign tour

Media captionJim Murphy returned to his speaking tour on the streets of Edinburgh

Labour MP Jim Murphy has resumed his street tour of Scotland ahead of the independence referendum, following its suspension last week.

Mr Murphy temporarily halted further events on Friday, citing "co-ordinated abuse" from "Yes" voters.

Several hundred people turned out to see the pro-Union politician re-start his tour in Edinburgh, including a Sun journalist wearing a chicken costume.

The pro-independence campaign has condemned all abusive behaviour.

Mr Murphy, the shadow international development secretary, returned to his 100 towns in 100 days tour, after claiming last Friday the Yes Scotland campaign was organising "mobs" to intimidate him and undecided voters.

The event in the Scottish capital was attended by dozens of "No" supporters, as well as media crews and photographers.

Image caption A Sun journalist wearing a chicken suit was among those who turned out to see Mr Murphy speak

Ahead of the 18 September referendum, pro-independence campaigners also claim to have been target for abuse.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has said he has received "death threats from a few daft people", but that the vast majority of the public was enjoying the debate.

Yes Scotland, the official campaign for independence, previously said it condemned "all forms of abusive, dangerous and offensive behaviour".

Police Scotland has confirmed Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone recently met Better Together chairman Alistair Darling to discuss referendum security matters.

As a result of that meeting, liaison arrangements between Police Scotland and the Better Together campaign office were put in place and these are operating effectively.

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