Ex-council leader John Mulvey joins Yes camp

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A former Lothian Labour council leader has joined the campaign for an independent Scotland.

John Mulvey, former Labour councillor and leader of Lothian Region Council from 1986 to 1990, has joined Yes Scotland.

He said: “I have gone from being a sceptic about the relevance of devolution, given all the other major political issues of that time, to being absolutely convinced that Scotland’s future now lies with independence.”

Better Together leader Alistair Darling briefly worked under Mr Mulvey at Lothian Regional Council, when Mr Mulvey was leader of the ruling Labour administration and Mr Darling was a young councillor on the way to his first election as an MP in 1987.

Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins said: ‘A man of John’s knowledge and experience is a very welcome new voice in the campaign, particularly at this key time - the beginning of the Year of Yes.”

Other Labour figures that have joined Yes Scotland are former Strathclyde Regional Council leader Sir Charles Gray, former Glasgow Lord Provost Alex Mosson, and leading trade unionist Lorna Binnie.

Welcoming Mr Mulvey’s appointment, Sir Charles urged other Labour members to follow their lead.

He said: “I am appealing to all Labour members and supporters to think very carefully about the choices on offer on September 18: sticking with an out-of-date and out-of-touch Westminster system, or grabbing this unique opportunity to take our future into our own hands and, by doing so, to build a better and fairer country for ourselves and future generations.”