35 year anniversary of the 1979 Referendum

This Saturday marks 35 years since the 1979 devolution referendum.  Here are two campaign leaflets from the archive.

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The No leaflet was issued by Scotland is British.  Scotland is British was formed in late 1976 to campaign against the Scotland and Wales Bill.  The group’s leaders comprised of journalist Adam Fergusson, former Labour MP George Lawson and trade unionist Archie Birt.  The group aimed to garner support from MPs and other leading opponents to the Bill.    Many leading members of this group also campaigned under Labour Votes No and Scotland Says No.

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The Yes leaflet was published by Yes for Scotland.  The Yes for Scotland campaign was launched on 26th January 1978.  This group was chaired by Lord Kilbrandon, the author of the Royal Commission on the Constitution, 1973.  The campaign was originally intended to be a cross-party group.  However, the Labour Party declined to be involved in this group, preferring to campaign alone under the banner of Labour Movement Yes.  The group consisted of politicians (most notably Jim Sillars), members of the church and cultural figures. However, the non-cooperation of the Labour Party effectively ensured that Yes for Scotland was not seen as the umbrella group it had originally been intended to be.