The announcement that Edinburgh Councillor Alex Lunn has quit the Labour party in order to join the SNP has been hailed today as further proof that a YES vote is drawing in support from across Scotland.
The Councillor for the Craigentinny/Duddingston area was quoted as saying “for over a year now I have been feeling the best way forward for Scotland is to become an independent country.
“And the only way I can really campaign for independence is to join the SNP. Labour has made it clear it wants Scotland to stay part of the Union and as a Labour councillor you are expected to adhere to that.”
He also added: “The SNP is now more in line with my political views than Labour.”
Councillor Lunn’s decision to join the SNP means that SNP representation on Edinburgh City Council has now increased to 18 councillors.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Edinburgh Eastern Kenny MacAskill said:
“The news that Councillor Lunn has decided to join the SNP and campaign for a Yes vote next year is extremely welcome.
“It is further proof that the case for an independent Scotland is drawing in support from across Scotland, as more and more people share our vision for what we can achieve with a YES vote.
“It is also a firm demonstration that the SNP is on the side of the people when it comes to the social contract policies our citizens rely on.
“Where Johann Lamont’s Cuts Commission is determined to take the axe to vital services, the SNP is protecting key measures like free prescriptions, care for the elderly and extra police officers to protect Scotland’s communities.
“That is why people across Scotland are continuing to back the SNP and the policies we are continuing to deliver.”