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Campbell: Yes Scotland have big questions to answer over article payments

August 22, 2013 2:15 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting following reports that Yes Scotland made unacknowledgedMenzies CampbellMenzies Campbell payments to an independent author who wrote a newspaper article on the constitutional debate, Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Sir Menzies Campbell said:

"This episode not only reflects badly on Yes Scotland, it undermines the transparent and open debate of the issues around independence that Scotland needs. Ultimately, this has called the integrity of the Yes Scotland campaign into question.

"It is important that any hacking allegations are investigated fully. But we cannot ignore the content of the messages that were leaked. This is about transparency and it is about honesty. There are real questions that Yes Scotland need to answer over why they felt it was appropriate for them to make this payment.

"The simple fact is that when writers are producing work on behalf of a campaign group, their readers need to know about it."