Yes campaigners in Banff and Buchan have taken heart from the fact that a Yes vote topped the poll locally.
While there are no official figures for the referendum result broken down by constituency, information gathered by the Yes Campaign’s Counting Agents at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre point to a clear Yes vote in Banff and Buchan.
Commenting, a spokesperson for Yes Banff and Buchan said: “The Westminster establishment has made extravagant promises to the people of Scotland that they will find hard to keep.
“The ‘new powers’ promised will need to go much further than the lowest common denominator of ‘devo-nano’ if they are to meet the expectations of the people of Scotland.
“It’s our job now to hold them to account, and make sure they keep their pledges.
“Although we are disappointed that we failed to secure a Yes vote last week, we can take great heart from the fact that 1.6 million people, 45% of the electorate, voted Yes.
“And we’re proud that in every age group except our older citizens, the Yes campaign won a majority of votes.”
The positive Yes campaign has galvanised a whole new generation of activists which was in evidence on Sunday, September 21 at New Deer.
A scheduled meeting of the local Constituency Association of the SNP had to be hastily turned into an outdoor rally when around 300 people turned up to greet First Minister Alex Salmond on his arrival after hearing about the meeting on Facebook.
Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford said: “Alex has served the people of Scotland with passion, vision and immense dedication.
“His role in shaping the Scottish political landscape over the past 25 years has been immeasurable, and in the last seven years he has transformed the role of First Minister.
“Alex continues to be an outstanding MSP for East Aberdeenshire.
“Anyone who knows Alex, knows his extraordinary willingness to make time for his constituents, his determination to improve the lives of our people, and his desire to build a better future for Scotland.
“I am very sad that Alex is stepping down as First Minister. One of the supreme ironies of this campaign is that all along the No campaign tried to make the Referendum all about Alex. And on Friday, that’s exactly what happened, and instead of focussing on defeat, the agenda focussed on him.
“But Alex’s departure as First Minister leaves Scotland with unfinished business in terms of the new powers promised to our parliament, but the seeds of hope and expectation he has helped to plant in the hearts and minds of the people of our country will flourish in the years to come, and will make Scotland a better place for all of us.”