White Paper Last week the white paper on Scottish Independence was launched. Scotland’s Future - Your Guide to an Independent Scotland, which is the most detailed blueprint for an independent country ever published, contains a comprehensive question and answer section, running to more than 200 pages, providing answers to 650 questions on independence.

If you would like to find out more about the proposals for an Independent Scotland, there are a number of ways you can obtain a copy of the white paper on Scottish Independence, including: Access to a fully searchable resource so to find the answers to questions ahead of the referendum. This can be downloaded at: www.scotreferendum.com Download and e-book version at: http://scotgov.publishingthefuture.info/publication/scotlands-future E-mail referendum2014@scot.gov.uk to request a copy Phone 0300 012 1809 (which costs the same as to a normal landline number).

The referendum on 18th September next year is a vote unlike any other - it is the biggest opportunity we have had as a country in 300 years. That's why I'm calling on everyone - regardless of what their current views are on independence - to read this guide, to compare it with any alternative future for Scotland and make up your own mind.

Small Business Saturday December 7th will be the busiest shopping day of the year and a day that has been called Small Business Saturday. It’s a day when every one of us is encouraged to support the nation’s small businesses by using the independent local shops, local traders and local restaurants.

Small Businesses are so valuable to our community adding charm and character to our high streets. Scottish Enterprise is unique and Small Business Saturday is a great way for us to highlight our appreciation for everyone from the white-van man to a small online trader.

Removal of Pylons in Renfrew Many of my constituents have been asking when the pylons in Blythswood/Kirlandneuk area of Renfrew will be removed. Work took place some time ago to put in underground cabling leaving the overhead lines obsolete. I was pleased to see work starting on the removal of the overhead cable