Scottish Labour has written to nearly 150,000 Scots as the party steps up its opposition to a second independence referendum.

Hours after Nicola Sturgeon demand a second independence referendum, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale wrote directly to Scottish families to tell them that Labour is opposed to a divisive indyref2. She said people in Scotland have just a week to urgently send a message to the SNP to drop plans for a second referendum, before the vote in Holyrood next week.

But, as the SNP and their Green colleagues have a majority in the Scottish Parliament, Miss Dugdale said ‘we need to prepare for another independence referendum’. The email encourages people to pledge their opposition to the SNP’s divisive plans at www.togetherstronger.scot.

In her email, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale wrote:

“Scotland doesn’t need or want another referendum, and I will do all I can to oppose the SNP’s proposals.

As I said in my conference speech last month, our country has never achieved anything by being divided. And as a party, we have always believed that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we do alone.

That’s why Labour MSPs will vote against holding a second independence referendum when it is debated in the Scottish Parliament next Tuesday.

But the unfortunate truth is that the SNP and their Green colleagues have a majority in the Scottish Parliament, so we need to prepare for another independence referendum.

The SNP has now been in power for nearly a decade and in that time our economy, our health service and our schools have gone into reverse. Now Nicola Sturgeon wants us to spend another two years debating independence, which would leave our public services worse off.

Nicola Sturgeon is offering false hope to working people across our country. And we need to expose that in the coming months.

Between now and next Tuesday we need to make our voice heard. If you believe that Nicola Sturgeon should ditch her plans for a second independence referendum, you need to tell her by signing up to www.togetherstronger.scot.

With your help, we can send a strong message that Scotland doesn’t need or want another referendum.”