Cameron to hold first cabinet meeting in Scotland - source

LONDON Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:53pm GMT

Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron leaves number 10 Downing Street in central London June 14, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron leaves number 10 Downing Street in central London June 14, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth

Related Topics

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's cabinet will hold its first meeting in Scotland next week, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, as it seeks to persuade Scots to stay in the United Kingdom.

Scots will decide in a referendum on September 18 whether their nation of five million people should end its 307-year-old union with England and leave the United Kingdom.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the British cabinet would meet on February 24 in northeast Scotland, but gave no further details.

Since coming to power in 2010, Cameron's coalition cabinet has met in the Welsh capital Cardiff and in the central English city of Derby but never in Scotland. His predecessor Gordon Brown, a Scot, did hold a British cabinet meeting in Scotland.

Polls suggest Scots will reject independence, though many voters remain undecided and Cameron has said the outcome hangs in the balance.

Cameron, whose Conservative party holds only one of the 59 UK parliament seats in Scotland, has said a vote for independence would undermine Britain's global clout and risks political and financial instability.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who is leading the push for independence, is also due to hold a meeting of the Scottish cabinet in northeast Scotland on February 24.

The United Kingdom comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For other stories on Scottish referendum please click on

(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Gareth Jones)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see
Comments (3)
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
Rotational cabinet visits to Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and alternative English cities, would be a positive UK governmental development, no matter who was in power within Westminster and Whitehall… Power amongst the people.

Feb 19, 2014 7:03pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
ScotFree1320 wrote:
Mr Cameron and his cabinet will be less than a mile from the Scottish Cabinet. It’s an ideal opportunity for him and Mr Salmon’s to have a televised debate. Mr Salmond’s invite to him still stands and polls show that the Scots want to see the two heads of government meet. Why is Mr Cameron wimping out?

Feb 19, 2014 8:37pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
laodizea wrote:
England is and an ear of the world .Hip hop culture broke everything in Britain. Who needs hip hop? Mongolians They sing very nice And they say it is their national music and songs and they are right. Black have come in Europe ( in Christian Europe please notice carefully that paganism was invented by Jews) and what they bring their so called culture in21 century Yes they have brought But was it black Not at all They simple make the worst that white (Christians ) produced including Satan ( please carefully notice that Satan was Jewish God) ,Jewish pagans have come in Europe and what They take the worst what white (Christians) produced including their silly (in tasteless manner)European hats and suits. Scottish Vikings have come in Europe from Mongolia and What What they have taken .No .They have taken the beats of German Christianity from England including lion, thistle , and Greek letter X on the flag etc (that means in Greek Christ) and said it is Jewish pagans And what then appeared Ozzi Osborne and said that Christianity is Satanism. And there further Who they will be independent they will be Mongols with Jewish paganism. Take Irish He goes in the catholic or so called Irish satanic church with tattoo of the red devil on the neck and what he speaks ?He speaks I am pagan and worship to Satan And finally Russia they have come from Mongolia in Europe and what they took the worst what white (Christians) produced They we are gays it is west

Feb 19, 2014 9:07pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.