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Alistair Darling hosts high level talks ahead of ‘No Campaign’ launch

Former chancellor Alistair Darling has hosted high-level meetings at his Edinburgh home about how the “No to Independence” campaign should proceed.

Mr Darling, the MP for Edinburgh  South West, admitted that he has had several long meetings with leading figures from across Unionist parties about launching the campaign in the next few weeks.

The latest of those meetings was attended by Labour shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy and shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander along with former Scottish Tory leader David McLetchie and Lib Dem Scottish secretary Michael Moore’s special adviser Euan Roddin.

Former Labour prime minister Tony Blair also looks set to be drafted into the pro-UK campaign team to help prevent the break-up of the United Kingdom.

Mr Blair, whose government introduced devolution to Scotland is said to be keen to take on the Nationalists.

In his autobiography, Mr Blair said that nationalism made him “feel alien” in Scotland despite having been born there, having Scottish parents and being schooled at Fettes in Edinburgh.

Speaking of his former party leader Mr Blair, Mr Darling yesterday said: “He’s got a lot to contribute and I hope he’ll contribute more in the future.”

Read the full article in The Scotsman

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