Islington councillor calls on fellow Scots to vote no in referendum

Cllr Paul Convery

Cllr Paul Convery - Credit: Archant

An Islington councillor has been making his way through the Glasgow phonebook in an attempt to convince his fellow Scots to vote no in tomorrow’s referendum on Independence.

Cllr Paul Convery, Islington Council’s executive member for community safety who represents Caledonian Ward, is hoping his country of birth will choose to remain part of the United Kingdom when it goes to the polls tomorrow.

There are around 4,000 Scots living in Islington and 150,000 in London.

Scottish residents will vote on independence tomorrow with latest polls showing the two sides are virtually neck and neck.

Cllr Convery said: “I’ve been doing my bit ringing people, in fact, yesterday almost on a whim, as I’ve got quite an unusual surname, I was calling the scores of Converys in Glasgow.

“I actually think that the Devo Max policy that they’re calling it is a pretty good deal for self government.

“Whichever way the vote goes there is going to be a big change in the way the whole of the UK works.”

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The Scottish flag is being flown today at the town hall in a nod to a no vote and Cllr Convery has urged Scots not to let the current government and austerity policies cause a snap decision with permanent consequences.

“Britain has one of these all or nothing political systems with first past the post.

“At the moment we’ve got a bunch of born-to-rule Home Counties Tories embarked with ideological zeal to dismantle Britain’s social democracy by imposing austerity economics and that’s probably why a lot of people will vote yes.

“I think that all of Britain should be more devolved. Scotland is a stand-out because it has historically always had a separate legal and educational system and always had its own police service.

“But Britain is quite a strong place. When you have a nation that consists of different countries it’s easy to call yourself British.

“I’m Scottish, a Londoner and British and that’s how an awful lot of people who don’t think of themselves as being English feel.

“But if people vote yes, suddenly I’m no longer British. It becomes much harder to define.”