U.K.'s David Cameron Begs Scots Not to Vote for Independence

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British Prime Minister David Cameron abandoned party politics for pure emotion Wednesday, imploring Scots not to break his heart by voting to become independent from the United Kingdom. Cameron, along with opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrat chief Nick Clegg, pulled out of a weekly Parliamentary question session in London to make a late campaign dash to Scotland as polls suggest the two sides are neck-and-neck ahead of next week's independence referendum.

"I would be heartbroken ... if this family of nations is torn apart," Cameron said in the Scottish capital Edinburgh. Cameron's Conservatives are deeply unpopular in Scotland, something has acknowledged in his speech. Many independence supporters cite his government's budget-slashing policies as one reason they want to end Scotland's 307-year-old union with England. Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond said visits by unpopular London-based politicians could only help his Yes campaign. "If I thought they were coming by bus, I'd send the bus fare," he said.


- The Associated Press