KaleidoScot, your dedicated Scottish LGBTI news site, is bringing you a full night of Referendum coverage, in a first for LGBTI news in Scotland.
We have correspondents across the country bringing you comment and reaction to the 32 local authority declarations as they come through, together with the latest from the National Count Centre, where the final declaration of the vote will be announced.
Our Editor, Dan Littauer, will be in Glasgow as Scotland’s largest city declares its total vote count, live from Emirates Arena in the East End. The city is being seen as potentially key to the Independence referendum, given its historically high number of Labour voters and recent polling results. With over 486,000 registered voters and the largest voting area by population in Scotland, Glasgow is likely to be one of the last areas to declare and could prove to be decisive.
Stuart Duffy is with the international media at the National Count Centre in Ingliston, Edinburgh, where Chief Counting Officer, Mary Pitcaithly, who presides over the entire referendum process, will verify each of the local authority totals. She will be adding Yes and No votes to the national total and will ultimately be the first person to know whether Scotland will be an independent country or not. Around 500 media representatives from across the world will be reporting from the Royal Highland Centre near Edinburgh Airport, as international interest in this story peaks and the eyes of the world turn to Scotland.
Harry Dozier, our new reporter, is bringing us all the numbers from local authority declarations in the East of Scotland, which showed a higher proportion of No votes in our referendum poll published last week. Nathan Sparling is bringing us comment from some of the key influential people in the gay community across Scotland, as well as covering the West coast local authorities. With passionate debate across the last 2 years, there is no end to those who have an opinion on how this referendum will finally end, and so we’ll also hear from a number of groups across Scotland on whether LGBTI issues have been key to the debate – Rob McDowall brings us the latest.
Whatever the result, we know there are many issues which have been discussed and debated over this long campaign, but Scotland stands on the edge of a historic moment for the nation and the United Kingdom.
Read our LiveBlog HERE and follow the polls, results and commentary LIVE brought to you by our dedicated team of reporters.