Dumfries and Galloway child care weakness action plan endorsed

Child A report called for urgent action to ensure the needs of vulnerable children were being met

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A new plan of action to tackle major weaknesses in child care services in Dumfries and Galloway has been endorsed by councillors.

The strategy has been developed following a critical report from the Care Inspectorate.

It concluded that youngsters were not being adequately protected.

Former chief constable, Pat Shearer, who is interim chairman of the child protection committee, said no time was being wasted in making improvements.

Inspectors warned earlier this year that they were "not confident" that vulnerable children and young people in Dumfries and Galloway were being kept safe.

Their report called for urgent action to ensure that they were protected and their needs met.

'Key issues'

Mr Shearer said: "We have reviewed every plan for every child on the child protection register and we are going deeper than that.

"Modifications are taking place every day in that respect.

"We are clear about the key issues."

He said it was important that the initial process when a concern came in worked as well as possible.

Mr Shearer said the NHS, police and social services had to work together to ensure they had a "proper picture" of each situation.

He said that process was now working.

"That said, we have got to continually focus it and make sure it is working right," he said.

"Because if you don't start off properly then you are always challenged in the future."

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Scotland Decides: SCOTLAND VOTES NO

  1. No 1,914,187
  2. Yes 1,539,920
After 31 of 32 counts Results in detail

Referendum Live

    07:18: 'Settled for a generation' Chris Mason Political correspondent, BBC News

    PM says independence question in Scotland has been 'settled for a generation, or, as Alex Salmond said, perhaps a lifetime.' #bbcindyref

    07:14: Analysis Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    David Cameron says there is clear support for maintaining the union. It is time now for the UK to come together - with a "balanced settlement" which is fair to Scotland and elsewhere in the UK.

    He says the debate on independence has been "settled for a generation": the settled will of the Scottish people. That latter a conscious echo of words delivered by John Smith about devolution.

    Prime Minister David Cameron

    Now, he says, there is a chance to change the way the British people are governed. Once more, emphasis on all the constituent parts of the UK.

    Insists the promises for Scotland will be delivered "in full". Lord Smith of Kelvin to oversee that process. England, Wales and NI must have bigger say too. A new and fair settlement across the UK.

    More powers for Wales. Make devolved institutions function effectively in NI. But now England must be heard. In short, he wants a decisive answer on West Lothian - with English votes on English issues. William Hague to work on that. To the same timetable as the Scottish action.

    Challenges: can it be done to the timetable; will not some, perhaps many, at Westminster want to move on to other issues; will not the UK parties be focused on fighting the General Election rather than agreeing on the constitution.

    07:12: Lord Smith appointment

    David Cameron says Lord Smith of Kelvin, chairman of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, is to oversee the process of further devolution.

    Draft laws on new powers for Scotland will be published by January, he adds.

    07:11: Cameron: Devolution pledge

    "We have delivered on devolution and we will do so in the next parliament," adds the prime minister.

    Prime Minister David Cameron

    "We will ensure that those commitments are honoured in full."

    07:09: Cameron: Referendum was right

    "It was right that we respected the SNP's majority in Holyrood and gave the Scottish people the right to have their say," adds the prime minister outside Downing Street.

    "There can be no disputes. No re-runs. We have heard the settled will of the Scottish people."

    07:08: Cameron 'move forward'

    David Cameron says: "It is time for our United Kingdom to come together and move forward."

    The prime minister credits both sides of the debate for a "hard fought campaign".

    07:07: Breaking News

    David Cameron says: "The people of Scotland have spoken and it is a clear result. They have kept our country of four nations together and like millions of other people I am delighted."

    07:06: George Square tensions Ken Macdonald BBC Scotland Science Correspondent

    Police trying to defuse a standoff in Glasgow's George Square between remaining Yes campaigners and a handful of No supporters waving union flags.

    George Square after No vote
    07:02: Reaction from Germany

    Katrin Göring-Eckhardt, parliamentary leader of German Green Party, said: "The No victory is a huge relief for me. It prevents a further fragmentation of Europe. But the close race shows that people want more participation."

    Ms Göring-Eckhardt made the comments on German public TV ZDF Morning Magazine.

    07:00: Argyll clear-up

    Result 6am, room cleared by 6.10am. That's showbiz... and politics.

    07:04: Cameron statement

    Prime Minister David Cameron is about to speak outside Number 10 Downing Street.

    07:00: Analysis Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Alex Salmond thanks Scotland for 1.6m votes for independence. Acknowledging that there is a majority for No, he urges all in Scotland to accept that outcome.

    The conduct of the plebiscite - and the turnout - are, he says, part of a triumph for the democratic process and for participation in politics.

    First Minister Alex Salmond

    Turning to the consequences, he pledges to work constructively in the interests of Scotland and of the rest of the United Kingdom. Explicitly, he says that the promise of more powers must be honoured "in rapid course".

    A clear indication, once more, of the direction which the SNP will follow: demanding and driving change.

    Equally, though, Mr Salmond is speaking at a rostrum with a logo stating "One Scotland". His approach, therefore, offers a consensual tone following a closely fought and, by simple definition, potentially divisive referendum.

    At the same time, however, he identifies a "scare and a fear" at the heart of the Westminster establishment.

    But his conclusion is that there will be further progress. Not independence. But change.

    06:58: No vote confirmed

    Chief counting officer Mary Pitcaithly: "It is clear that the majority of people voting have voted No to the referendum question."

    06:57: 'Up for the fight' Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    The pro-independence business group Business for Scotland is highly sceptical that proper new powers will come to the devolved parliament from Westminster. Chief Executive Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, says: "We will get nothing without a fight - but we are up for that fight."

    06:55: RBS reaction expected Kamal Ahmed, BBC Business Editor

    With No confirmed as the winner in the referendum, we can expect the Royal Bank of Scotland to say there is now no need to move domicile to London. The bank had prepared for a "Yes" vote by saying last week that it would move its headquarters from Edinburgh. I wouldn't be surprised if Ross McEwan, the chief executive, re-iterated the bank's commitment to Scotland. I am sure RBS's executives are relieved that the upheaval of independence will now not happen.

    06:50: Darling 'get on with it together'

    Mr Darling adds: "We must also recognise the debate has created some deep divisions in our country. It has been a campaign that has energised and divided."

    Better Together's Alistair Darling

    He stresses that those divisions must be addressed and everyone has a part to play in bringing the country together.

    Mr Darling ends his speech by saying: "Come on Scotland, let's get on with it together."

    06:49: A new dawn

    Scotland has voted No to independence, and this is how the result was reflected on the BBC's headquarters in Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

    BBC headquarters after No vote
    06:10: FIFE RESULT

    "No" wins by 139,788 to 114,148.

    That is 55% for "No" and 45% for "Yes"

    Total votes was 253,936. Turnout was 84%

    06:46: Lamont on Salmond's speech

    Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, questioned the tone of the First Minister's speech. She said she understood the emotional pressure he was under, but hoped he would "reflect".

    06:45: 'Austerity agenda' Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    Green MSP Patrick Harvie, a key figure in the Yes Scotland campaign, says he's "disappointed" with the result, but adds: "The strength of feeling expressed in the referendum cannot be ignored, and the UK government cannot be allowed to sweep Scotland aside.

    "Any further devolution must not force Holyrood to implement the UK's austerity agenda."

    06:44: Darling: Silent have spoken

    Better Together campaign leader Alistair Darling thanks everyone who has worked to secure victory, adding: "We've taken on the argument and we've won. The silent have spoken."

    06:44: Breaking News

    Better Together leader Alistair Darling says: "Today is a momentous result for Scotland but also for the United kingdom as a whole."

    06:42: Clegg relief for 'family of nations'

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will appear before the media in Edinburgh later this morning, but he's just said: "I'm absolutely delighted the Scottish people have taken this momentous decision to safeguard our family of nations for future generations. In a dangerous and uncertain world I have no doubt we are stronger, safer, and more prosperous together than we every could be apart."

    Mr Clegg adds: "A vote against independence was clearly not a vote against change and we must now deliver on time and in full the radical package of newly devolved powers to Scotland."

    He says the verdict marks not only a new chapter for Scotland within the UK but also wider constitutional reform across the Union.

    06:41: 'Take forward'

    Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, part of the Better Together campaign, says despite victory in the referendum "there is a responsibility on all of us to take forward more powers for the Scottish Parliament".

    06:40: Campaigners' reactions Laura Maxwell, BBC Scotland News

    There have been tears from "Yes" campaigners at Ingliston. But one lady told me she was realistic before coming here this evening, and 45% of the vote was still a vote for change.

    One senior figure from the Conservatives told me he had been at many counts in Ingliston, but rarely on the winning side - he said it was definitely less tiring being on this side of the vote.

    06:38: Analysis John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    The variation in No support in different kind of councils is very much in line with some of the expectations in advance of the night about the kinds of places in which the No campaign would do relatively well.

    No supporters

    The No vote was generally higher in places with a relatively high migrant population from the rest of the UK, in places with a relatively high middle-class population, in places where there are more older people and in the more rural half of Scotland. These patterns are illustrated by the following figures:

    1 - the No vote has averaged 64% in those councils where more than 12% of the population was born in the rest of the UK and just 53% in those where less than 8% were born elsewhere in the UK

    2 - the No vote averaged 60% where more than 30% of the population are professional and managerial but only 51% where less than 26% are in professional managerial occupations.

    3 - the No vote was 61% on average in those places where more than 24% of the population were aged 65 and over but only 51% where less than 21% are over 65 and over

    4 - the No vote at 60% was higher in the more rural half of Scotland than in the more urban half where it averaged just 53%.

    06:37: Campaign leaders react
    Salmond graphic

    We're hearing there will also be reaction from Better Together leader Alistair Darling within the hour.

    06:36: Handing over

    The website's overnight referendum coverage was brought to you by - Andrew Black, Steve Brocklehurst, Marianne Taylor, Aiden James, Martin Currie, Laura Pettigrew, Rob Corp, David Martin, Stuart Nicolson, Louise Sayers, Deirdre Kelly, Cath Lyst, Tom Housden, Jonathan Austin, Carol Duncan, Jamie Ross, Doug Kennedy, Tom Moseley, Graham Gillies, Craig Frew, Kimberley Patterson, Scott Currie, Paul Mcfadyen Oliver Thompson.

    06:35: Highest Yes votes

    The local authorities will the highest proportion of Yes votes are:

    Dundee 57%

    West Dunbartonshire 54%

    Glasgow 53%

    North Lanarkshire 51%

    Analysis 06:34: What happens now? Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland
    06:33: Cameron statement James Landale Deputy political editor

    David Cameron's advisers say he will make a "significant statement" when he speaks shortly after 07:00.

    Email Haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk 06:32: Join the conversation

    Ian Rochester in Northumberland asks: 55% of the Scottish voting population have decided on retaining the "status quo" between Scotland and the rest on Great Britain, so why are people now saying that fundamental changes must now happen?

    06:31: Celebrations from No Laura Maxwell BBC Scotland

    Robbie MacNiven, 22, from Inverness and 21-year-old Solvein Siem from Norway celebrate the No vote at Ingliston.

    Robbie MacNiven, 22, from Inverness and 21-year-old Solvein Siem from Norway celebrate the No vote at Ingliston.
    @TogetherDarling 06:28: Alistair Darling

    Alistair Darling, leader of the Better Together campaign tweets: An extraordinary night. Humbled by the level of support and the efforts of our volunteers. Will give speech in Glasgow shortly. #indyref

    06:28: Cameron statement Cameron tweet

    David Cameron tweets: I'll be making a statement following the Scottish Referendum results just after 7am. #indyref

    06:26: Salmond: 'Forward as one nation'

    Mr Salmond ended his speech by saying: "We shall go forward as one nation."

    06:25: Salmond 'not business as usual'

    "We have touched sections of the community who have never been touched before by politics. These communities have touched us... I don't think that will ever be allowed to go back to business as usual in politics again."

    Alex Salmond
    06:24: Scotland deserves 'enormous credit'

    Mr Salmond added: "I think the process by which we have made our decision as a nation reflects enormous credit upon Scotland. A turnout of 86% is one of the highest of the democratic world, in any election or any referendum in history."

    06:21: Salmond 'accepts' electorate's verdict

    Mr Salmond said he "accepted the verdict of the people and called on Scotland to accept the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland".

    "I call on all of Scotland to follow suit in accepting the democratic will of the people of Scotland," he adds.

    06:20: Darling tweet

    Alistair Darling tweets: An extraordinary night. Humbled by the level of support and the efforts of our volunteers. Will give speech in Glasgow shortly. #indyref

    06:19: Salmond speaks

    Alex Salmond says he now knows there will be a majority for the No campaigners.

    "Our referendum was an agreed and consented process. Scotland has decided No at this stage to become and independent country and I accept that verdict."

    06:18: Salmond cheered by supporters

    Alex Salmond has thanked 1.6 million Scottish voters for voting for independence.

    Mr Salmond was cheered by supporters in Edinburgh moments after Better Together won the independence referendum to ensure Scotland remains part of the UK.

    Breaking News

    Following the result in Fife, the official result is in. Scotland has voted No to independence.

    06:05: ARGYLL AND BUTE

    "No" wins by 37,143 to 26,324.

    That is 58.5% for "No" and 41.5% for "Yes".

    Total votes was 63,467. Turnout was 88.1%


    "No" wins by 108,606 to 71,337.

    That's 60.4% "No" to 39.6% "Yes".

    Total votes 179,943. Turnout 87%.


    "No" wins by 194,638 to 123,927

    That is 61% "No" to "39%" Yes.

    Total votes 318,565 Turnout 84.3%

    05:51: Sturgeon concedes defeat

    Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has conceded that the No side have won the referendum.

    05:50: Ingliston tears Laura Maxwell BBC Scotland

    There have been tears from "Yes" campaigners at Ingliston this evening. But one lady told me she was realistic before coming here this evening, saying 45% of the vote was still a vote for change.

    One senior figure from the Conservatives told me he'd been at many counts in Ingliston, but rarely on the winning side - he said it was definitely "less tiring".

    05:45: A nation speaks Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    And so, Scotland was asked, and, it seems, a nation has answered.

    Even though the predicted "No" result in the Scottish independence referendum will see it remain in the United Kingdom, the nation has changed forever.

    While voters in Scotland expressed a desire to keep the nation in the UK, it's also become clear the current devolution settlement is not enough.

    And while many will wonder what First Minister Alex Salmond's next move is, focus will also turn to the pro-Union political parties - Labour, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, to make good on their promise on delivering new powers to the devolved Edinburgh parliament.

    This strategy was dismissed by the independence campaign as an election bribe, but given the Conservative and Labour leaders David Cameron and Ed Miliband have put their names to it - and one of these two men will probably be the next prime minister - they'll now have to come good.

    05:44: No party loyalties

    Prof Charlie Jeffrey said party loyalties do not seem to have mattered in the vote.

    He said: "We have seen results in Labour strongholds like Glasgow and North Lanarkshire where there has been a "Yes" vote, and in SNP strongholds like Angus and Perthshire there has been a "No" vote.

    "What we have found is a very strong correlation between the Yes vote and a higher level of unemployment.

    "But also a slightly less strong relationship between the more British you feel the less likely you are to vote "Yes".

    "These seem to be more significant influences than political party in the outcome."

    05:41: Pound strengthens

    This chart shows how the pound has faired against the dollar since the polls closed on Thursday evening. As you can see it's strengthened from a low of $1.63 to above $1.65. In currency market terms that's a huge move in a short space of time.

    Pound versus dollar
    05:41: Impact on the SNP Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    If there is a "No" vote - as seems likely - what might be the impact upon the SNP? Clearly, there would be a period of introspection. But would the party fragment? I think not.

    Firstly, even if the vote is lost, this would be a good performance for the wider independence cause.

    Secondly, the SNP is not the same party as the one which faced a rethink in the aftermath of the very different referendum in 1979.

    The Nationalists are now a party of government, a decidedly outward-looking and professional outfit.

    Thirdly, and perhaps most significantly, there would be a clear role for the SNP in acting as a form of chief whip, driving the demands for further change: both constitutional and in the lives of people.

    05:40: Cameron tweet

    David Cameron tweets: I've spoken to Alistair Darling - and congratulated him on an well-fought campaign. #indyref

    05:39: Salmond tweet

    Alex Salmond tweets: Well done to Glasgow, our commonwealth city, and to the people of Scotland for such a incredible support

    05:38: Yes progress John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Although the "Yes" side has clearly lost and it has not done as well as it did in the final opinion polls, it has clearly done better than the polls were anticipating at the beginning of August.

    The "Yes" campaign did make progress in the final weeks of the campaign.

    05:36: Analysis John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Those areas with more middle-class folk were more likely to vote "No" than those areas with more working class people.

    Those areas where there were more people who have come to Scotland after being born in the rest of the UK have a relatively high "No" vote.

    Thirdly, those places with a relatively older population are again the places where "No" did well.

    Although it is true that the overall "Yes" vote seems to be below what the opinion polls were predicting - it looks as if it might be short by three points or so - that is not uncommon in these referendums where people are being asked to make a big change. They often draw back at the last minute.

    05:36: Time to re-cap
    No supporter A supporter from the "No" Campaign watches as votes are announced, at the Better Together Campaign headquarters in Glasgow

    With just a handful of declarations to go, it's probably best to summarise where we are at....

    05:34: 'Scotland has changed'

    The status quo is officially not popular tonight. "Scotland has changed," Lib Dem MP Michael Moore says. "It is inconceivable that we would just sit and tolerate the status quo."

    05:33: Better Together Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    Historian and broadcaster Dan Snow says he "hoped, believed and prayed you would vote for shared bonds of citizenship" so that we can "face very real challenges we all face together, and not separately."

    05:32: Salmond statement Sarah Smith, BBC Scotland News presenter

    We are expecting to hear a statement from Alex Salmond from his official residence at 10:00.

    05:30: Yes party Ken Macdonald BBC Scotland Science Correspondent

    Dwindling numbers here at the "Yes" party. Among those who remain, are those eyes bleary or teary?

    05:29: Holyrood supporters Andrew Kerr BBC News

    A large crowd has been outside the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, keeping an all-night vigil. Some are drifting away now. It's fairly noisy and there are Saltires being waved. Bottles are being cleared away.

    Yes supporters
    05:28: 'No mandate'

    "The status quo has not got any kind of endorsement or mandate tonight," Nicola Sturgeon says.

    05:27: 'Absolutely believed'

    Nicola Sturgeon says she "absolutely believed in my heart and in my head" that the "Yes" campaign would win the referendum.

    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews 05:23: Get involved

    There were 115,000 tweets about the referendum between 04:00 and 05:00, up 45% on the previous hour.

    Top tweet in the last hour has come from @BBCBreaking: "Scotland's #indyref totals after 7 of 32 declarations: Yes 172,426 (49.1%) No 178,811 (50.9%)" retweeted 2,600 times.

    Join the conversation by using #indyref

    05:21: 'Work with anyone'

    Nicola Sturgeon says she will work with "anyone in any way" to secure more powers for Scotland.

    Tweet using #indyref 05:20: Get involved

    Derek Morison tweets: #indyref I spent 4 hours handing out YES leaflets at 2 Glasgow polling stations... and I find it extremely difficult to believe those figures

    05:20: 'Changed forever'

    Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tells the BBC the projected result is "a deep personal and political disappointment" but argues that "the country has been changed forever".

    05:20: Moore welcome

    Former Scottish Secretary Michael Moore welcomes the projected referendum result, adding that "the establishment" in Scotland is the SNP Scottish government.

    05:19: 'Move forward together' Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says there is no endorsement of the status quo.

    She says there is plainly a huge appetite for change.

    An indication of the ultimate response of the SNP: that they have a significant role in pressing the demands for change.

    "Move forward together," says the Deputy First Minister. And she confirms her party will work with anyone to deliver substantial new powers for the Scottish Parliament.

    nicola sturgeon
    05:18: 'Status quo'

    Comedian and independence campaigner Hardeep Singh Kohli says he felt that the "Yes" campaign had to deal with "the establishment" including the media, Westminster and big business.

    He asks how the Better Together campaign will manage to deliver its promises. "Scotland has voted for the status quo," he says. "Scotland will get the status quo."

    05:17: Margin of victory John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    The BBC is predicting on the basis of 26 results declared so far that the "No" side are going to win the referendum with 55% of the vote while "Yes" will secure 45% of the vote.

    This margin of victory is some three points greater than that anticipated by the final opinion polls.

    05:17: BBC forecast

    The BBC forecast is that Scotland has voted "No" to independence, with 26 out of 32 local authority areas declared.


    Referendum result projected to reject independence.


    "No" wins by 44,442 to 39,762.

    That is 53% "No" to 47% "Yes".

    Total votes 84,262. Turnout 84.5%.

    05:08: Aberdeenshire count Steven Duff BBC Scotland reporter

    Aberdeenshire declaration estimate now 05:30. Could it be a crucial one?


    "No" wins by 47,247 to 34,402.

    That's 58% for "No" to 42% for "Yes".

    Total votes 81,716. Turnout 86%.

    05:07: Tears of joy Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    The first tears of joy here at Better Together HQ.

    05:07: Glasgow vote Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Lord Reid, the former Labour cabinet minister, says the vote for "Yes" is partly a protest against poverty.

    He argues that must be heeded. Adds to my argument that there will be a popular expectation of change.

    Not, it would appear, independence. But change.

    Supporters of the Union said that a No vote did not mean no change. People will expect delivery of that and, I would submit, will expect delivery in particular from the party whose leading figures most prominently drove that offer. Which is Labour.

    And that message re: expectations is, of course, emphasised by the vote in Glasgow. A significant win for "Yes".

    05:05: Yes family

    SNP MSP Richard Lyle celebrates a "Yes" win in North Lanarkshire with his daughter, Councillor Marina Lyle, son Vincent, and granddaughter Iona.

    North Lanarkshire
    05:04: Lanarkshire divides Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    The north votes "Yes". The south votes "No". Again, that vote in North Lanarkshire adds to the pressure upon Labour in particular to deliver upon the promises lodged towards the close of the campaign.

    Not just constitutional change but that people's lives would be enhanced.


    "No" wins by 65,682 to 53,342.

    That's 55% for "No" and 45% for "Yes".

    Total votes 119,024. Turnout 86.1%.

    05:03: Scottish Borders vote John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    This border area in south of Scotland was not somewhere we expected "Yes" to do well and getting 33% of the vote means our expectation is wholly fulfilled.


    "No" wins by 49,016 to 47,072.

    That is 51% for "No" and 49% for "Yes".

    Total votes 96,173. Turnout 84.4%

    05:01: Yes chant

    "Yes" supporters chant "Glasgow votes Yes".

    Yes supporters

    "No" wins by 55,553 to 27,906.

    That's 67% for "No" and 33% for "Yes".

    Total votes 83,459. Turnout 87.4%.

    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews 04:59: Get involved

    Tom [Positive Lad] tweets: Glasgow was a LOT closer than anyone thought. Low turn out too. That's not good for SNP / YES. #indyref

    Felicity tweets: Why such a comparatively low turn-out in the city where it could have made such a difference? People terrified of their influence? #indyref

    04:58: Ingliston chat Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    The chat on the ground at Ingliston is that Alex Salmond isn't putting in an appearance at the national counting centre. However, "Yes" supporters here are feeling more upbeat after the Glasgow win.

    04:56: Before the heartbreak

    An upbeat Tommy Sheridan was sure on Sunday that the "Yes" campaign would triumph in the Scottish independence referendum.

    Tommy Sheridan Tommy Sheridan speaking on the BBC's Sunday Politics to presenter Andrew Neil

    He told BBC presenter of the Sunday Politics show, Andrew Neil, how confident he was.

    When Neil put it to him that his side was going to lose, former socialist MSP Mr Sheridan said: "You have got to be kidding, is this the face of someone who is looking to lose - we will win 60%-40%."

    04:55: Yes Glasgow Tim Reid Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Glasgow votes a massive yes to independence


    "Yes" wins by 194,779 to 169,347.

    That's 53.5% for "Yes" and 46.5% for "No".

    Total votes 364,664. Turnout 75%.

    04:54: Scotland 'divided'

    Lib Dem MP and former Scottish Secretary Michael Moore tells the BBC that "Scotland is divided", adding: "We're going to have a job of work to get things healed afterwards".

    04:52: 'Yes' victory possible? James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Just asked very senior figure in yes campaign, "Can you still win?" The answer. "No." #indyref #Scotland

    04:52: Analysis Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Perth and Kinross is the patch of John Swinney, Annabel Ewing and Roseanna Cunningham of the SNP. They will be disappointed with that.

    04:51: 'High spirits' Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    The "No" camp at the Ingliston national counting centre is in very high spirits now.

    They've gathered out on a balcony just inside the front entrance, their cheers growing louder as each local authority is declared for the pro-Union side.


    "No" wins by 62,714 to 41,475.

    That's 60% for "No" and 40% for "Yes".

    Total votes 104,285. Turnout 86.9%


    "No" wins by 121,800 votes to 100,990.

    That's 55% for "No" and 45% for "Yes".

    Total votes 222,790. Turnout 85.3%.


    "Yes" wins by 115,783 to 110,922.

    That's 51.1% for "Yes" and 48.9% for "No".

    Total votes counted 226,883. Turnout 84.4%.

    04:46: South Ayrshire count Alasdair Lamont BBC Scotland

    Word that the declaration in Ayr is about 10 minutes away.

    04:45: Flurry of excitement Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    There was a flurry of excitement just then, as news of First Minister Alex Salmond's arrival at the Ingliston national count centre spread like wildfire through the media section.

    But it was not to be. We are expecting him to turn up at some point, though.



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