Lews Castle students vote for independence

The Yes campaign in the Western Isles this week welcomed a vote for independence by students at Lews Castle College in Stornoway following a debate held at the college.

The number of people voting Yes was 49 — 55 per cent of those who took part —  and 40 voted No (45 per cent) after Alasdair Allan MSP and college students Norman Smith and Jack Duncan made the case for independence.

The vote follows a similar result at a recent debate held in the Lewis village of Carloway and a poll by community newspaper Fios, which put support for independence at 55 per cent.

Dr Allan said: “This was a great chance for voters to ask the questions they wanted about the independence referendum and seek the information they needed to make up their minds.

“The result is further evidence that people in the islands are increasingly voting Yes. However, I will be continuing to work flat out between now and 18th September to make the case for Scotland taking this opportunity to create a fairer, more prosperous Scotland.”

In February, senior pupils in the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway voted No by a margin of 55 per cent to 45 per cent.

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