Former Scottish Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind visits Montrose

Sir Malcolm Rifkind at Taylor's Auction Rooms
Sir Malcolm Rifkind at Taylor's Auction Rooms

Voters in Montrose have had the chance to quiz former Conservative MP and Scottish Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind about the upcoming Referendum.

Around 70 people turned to Taylor’s Auction Rooms, Brent Avenue, on Friday to hear Sir Malcolm speak in support of the Better Together campaign.

With only four weeks to go his visit to Montrose was the first of a number of talks he will be hosting across Scotland in the run up to the Referendum on September 18.

Sir Malcolm told the Review: “The opinion polls have been in our favour but we want to make sure the polls have got it right.

“It is hugely important that we if we win this Referendum that we win it by an outright majority.”

Unlike other vote, 16 and 17-year-olds will be able to vote in the Independence Referendum next month and Sir Malcolm said that in a poll youngsters were for Scotland staying with the United Kingdom.

Sir Malcolm added: “It is critical that every person in Scotland votes on September 18.

“It is important that the people of Montrose and the people of Scotland decide what is best for them.

“If Scotland becomes independent it is an irreversible decision. It is like buying a dog - it’s not just for Christmas, it’s forever.

“Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been together for more than 300 years. There has to be a good reason for breaking it up.”

In 1979, Sir Malcolm was appointed a Minister in Margaret Thatcher’s first Government, serving first in the Scottish Office and then, at the time of the Falklands War, in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he became Minister of State in 1983.

He became a member of the Cabinet in 1986 as Secretary of State for Scotland.