Labour for Independence has promised to target every Labour voter past and present in 2013 to persuade them of the benefits of independence and show how it could be the key to a rejuvenated Scottish Labour Party.
In a New Year message, founder Allan Grogan says Labour for Independence is determined to move from being solely a social media group to a ‘boots on the ground’ campaign.
“In the New Year we will continue to meet with Labour party members, voters and those in power who will grant us a voice. We will ensure that by 2014 the people of Scotland will know where the true Labour stance is on issues affecting Scotland,” says Mr Grogan.
“In the coming year we will hold true to our conference promise. To move our campaign from a solely social media one, to a boots on ground effort. We will target every Labour vote past and present assuring them of the benefits of independence and the hopes of a rejuvenation of the Labour party under the banner of Yes.”
Mr Grogan describes how in six months, Labour for Independence has grown from a Facebook page with a small following to becoming an important player in the referendum movement.
But he warns that while he is delighted with the support Labour for Independence has attracted, there was still much work to be done.
“For the good of our party, for the good of the people of Scotland, we cannot rest on our achievements. There is much to do and we eagerly await the challenges ahead.
“We are delighted to have been embraced by the Yes Scotland campaign as part of a wider pro-independence family. We look forward to working alongside the pro-Yes parties in ensuring a yes vote in 2014.
“I truly believe that the best hope we have for the people of Scotland, is to ensure an alternative to the antiquated Westminster rule.”
Labour For Independence was set up by Scottish Labour Party member Allan Grogan who became frustrated at the continual refusal of party bosses to acknowledge support among a sizeable number of Labour party supporters for independence.
The group is rapidly growing within the Labour party and has also began to recruit ambassadors around the country which is already expanding the groups reach in communities.
LFI held their first conference in Glasgow in November 2012. Speakers included, Dennis Canavan, Blair Jenkins, Tommy Brennan, Jeane Freeman and Ricky Ross.