This week marks the anniversary of the referendum when the people of Scotland decisively chose to remain part of the UK, in a contest described as the “gold standard” and a “once-in-a-generation” event by Nicola Sturgeon. The SNP’s divisive campaign with false threats about our NHS being privatised and wild predictions about North Sea oil revenues was rejected by voters.

There have been some turbulent times since, there’s no denying that: Brexit upheaval, the Covid pandemic and now the cost-of-living crisis. But through all these challenges, we have been stronger as part of the UK, ensuring we have more available to spend on cherished public services like the NHS and enabling hundreds of millions of pounds in Covid support for furloughed workers and rapid vaccine roll-outs.

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