North Lanarkshire says Yes, but Scotland says No

Yes campaigners celebrate as North Lanarkshire backed independence ... but Scotland ultimately said No
Yes campaigners celebrate as North Lanarkshire backed independence ... but Scotland ultimately said No

North Lanarkshire voted for independence, but overall Scotland decided to remain within the Union.

At Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility the counting officer for North Lanarkshire Gavin Whitefield announced the total votes cast for each answer in the Scottish Independence Referendum.

The turnout was 84.4 per cent with 115,783 votes cast for Yes and 110,922 votes were for No with 178 votes rejected.

Mr Whitefield said: “We have seen the highest turnout for any vote in North Lanarkshire with 84.4 per cent of the eligible electorate voting.

“I would like to thank all the campaign agents and staff for the way in which they have conducted their campaigns.

“I would also like to thank the polling clerks, presiding officers, enumerators, staff from North Lanarkshire Leisure and Mears, referendum team and other staff who have contributed to the professional and effective operation of the polling and count processes.”

Over in South Lanarkshire the turnout was even higher at 85.3 per cent, but they said a firm No to independence.

There was 100,990 votes cast for Yes, but 121,800 votes for No with 137 rejected.

North Lanarkshire was one of just four local authority areas to vote Yes along with Glasgow, Dundee and West Dunbartonshire.

After all the votes had been declared No finished with 2,001,926 votes to 1,617,989 as Scotland rejected independence by 55 per cent to 45 per cent.