4 Sep 2012
Almost 50,000 thousand people from across Scotland have pledged their support for the Scottish Conservative’s campaign to fight to keep Britain together.
The Conservative Friends of the Union (CFU) has been inundated with offers of support from those who share the party’s goal of remaining in the United Kingdom.
The Scottish Conservative’s head office has been overwhelmed with the response and is dealing with two postbags a day from people filling in CFU forms and posting them to Edinburgh.
Since the organisation was launched in March, thousands have come forward resulting in donations amounting to almost £150,000, which will be used to fund the CFU campaign.
Most of the money given has come from ordinary Scots with the average donation ranging from £5 to £10.
Others have offered to knock on doors, deliver leaflets and set up stalls to become involved in the campaign to prevent Alex Salmond and the SNP from breaking up Britain.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP has spent the summer travelling around Scotland speaking to hundreds of people, who share her passion to fight for the UK.
She recently met people in Alloway, Wigtown, Dalbeattie and Gretna and has also campaigned in places such as Turriff, the Black Isle, Dumfries and Kelso, and has travelled as far as Orkney.
Ruth, who is leading the Conservative Friends of the Union, helped launch local branches of the group as part of the party’s grass roots campaign to keep Britain together.
CFU – a campaign group open to all Scots and not just party members – will work with all similar groups, whether they are political or civic, and will be organised along local government boundaries.
Ruth has also sent out thousands of letters to people, urging them to get involved in the campaign to oppose separation.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP said:
“For 45,000 people to take the time to fill out a form to join Conservative Friends of the Union is staggering and shows that, like me, there are many Scots out there who are passionate about keeping Scotland within the UK.
“I have been overwhelmed by the offers of support and the thousands of small donations arriving in the post, with many people donating a few pounds to the campaign.
“My predecessor did a tremendous job of providing a platform with which to take this party forward and the level of support generated by the CFU demonstrates support for the Conservative message.
“I have spent the summer travelling up and down the country from Gretna to Orkney and many places in between to show how passionate I am about keeping Scotland within the family of the Union.
“It’s pleasing to see this is now starting to pay dividends with many people who have never supported the Conservatives coming forward offering to help in any way they can.
“There is now a proper grassroots movement in place to stand up for those who want to prevent the break-up of the UK and I look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with people from all walks of life and all parts of the country to preserve the Union.”
Notes to Editors
The CFU It is also contributing to the Better Together cross-party campaign.
Supporters of the Union can also demonstrate their support by buying official CFU merchandise.
For the first time, people will be able to buy everything from car window stickers, pens, mugs, bracelets and t-shirts by logging on to the official CFU website.
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