Gordon Brown helps launch Labour's campaign to keep Scotland in UK

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has helped launch Labour's campaign to keep Scotland in the Union, with just over 100 days to go until the referendum.

Party leader Johann Lamont was joined by her deputy, Anas Sarwar, Glasgow Council leader Gordon Matheson and the Fife MP at a rally in Glasgow attended by Labour supporters and undecided voters.

Mr Brown's appearance marked his latest intervention in the independence debate.

Speaking at a rally at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on Tuesday evening, Mr Brown said Scotland was better off as part of the UK, giving the health service as an example.

He said: "The best way of funding health care is to pool the resources across the whole of the UK. That's why over the past 100 years we've created a British welfare state where we pool and share resources and have a health service free at the point of delivery.

"It doesn't matter if you are Scottish, English, Welsh or Northern Irish, you get exactly the same treatment based on need.

"There is no group of countries in the world that has this sharing of resources and solidarity of nations that we've managed to create."

He added: "Inequality would last till Doomsday if Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney are all that's going to confront it and we must expose that.

"The challenge we face is to show people that you can be a proud Scot, believe in Scottish institutions and a strong parliament with more powers but you can still believe in a Scotland sharing and pooling resources across the UK."

He was given a standing ovation after his speech as audience members cheered and waved "I'm voting no" flags.

Ms Lamont also spoke at the event.

She said: "We know that if we vote Yes in September we will still be every bit as Scottish but we will be a little bit smaller, poorer and more inward looking.

"This is a debate between Scotland and Salmond and Scotland is going to win.

"We have the opportunity in our arguments over the next period to say we believe in a strong united Scotland strong in the UK."

Anas Sarwar, Labour MP for Glasgow Central, urged audience members to campaign for a No vote "not out of fear but with passion, confidence and positivity."

He said: "I'm voting No because I love Scotland not because I'm afraid for the future. I'm voting No for my children, for their children and I urge you to do the same."

More than 800 people were at the rally.

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