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Westminster elite in a panic as more voters are backing Scottish independence, says Alex Salmond

By PA Reporters

Scotland's First Minister has claimed the campaign for the Union is in "disarray" after the leaders of the three main Westminster parties announced a last-minute trip north to bolster support for a No vote in next week's independence referendum.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband have cancelled their weekly Prime Minister's Questions clash and will travel north with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

The three men will each make separate visits to Scotland as they explained they wanted to be out "listening and talking to voters" about the choice they face on September 18.

Alex Salmond said: "The message of this extraordinary, last-minute reaction is that the Westminster elite are in a state of absolute panic as the ground in Scotland shifts under their feet."

The SNP leader added: "The No campaign is in complete and utter disarray, and they are making this farce up as they go along.

"Together, David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg are the most distrusted Westminster politicians ever – and their collective presence in Scotland will be another massive boost for the Yes campaign. The No campaign think that they are losing this campaign – and these hugely distrusted Westminster leaders trooping up to Scotland is only going to boost that process."

Polls show that that campaign for Scotland's future is too close too call, with one survey yesterday putting the Yes and No campaigns neck and neck among those who are certain to vote while another poll had support for independence in front for the first time.

In the wake of that, the three Westminster leaders issued a joint statement in which they declared: "There is a lot that divides us – but there's one thing on which we agree passionately: the United Kingdom is better together.

"That's why all of us are agreed the right place for us to be tomorrow is in Scotland, not at Prime Minister's Questions in Westminster."

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