Better Together group asks supporters to stop giving it money
Large number of small donations followed Scottish TV debate
Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond who could go head-to-head in two further televised referendum debates. Photograph: PA
Better Together, the Scottish campaign group bidding to persuade Scots to reject independence calls in next month’s referendum, has told supporters to stop giving it money.
Both sides can spend £1.5 million in the final weeks of the campaign, which ends on September 18th, under rules that are monitored by the Scottish Electoral Commission. Better Together now says it has enough.
Up to now, a large percentage of Better Together’s funding has come from business and landowners concerned about the effects independence could have on their interests. However, it has argued that it has received far more small donations than the pro-independence group, “Yes, Scotland” has and that those numbers increased dramatically after the TV debate. Colin and Chris Weir, who became the UK’s biggest-ever winners in Euromillions Lottery when they won £161 million three years ago, have contributed £3.5 million to “Yes, Scotland”. In total, the couple had at one point contributed just shy of 80 per cent of all of the money given it , while they have also given £2 million to the Scottish National Party.