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Lawmaker Suspends Scottish Vote Campaigning Following Assault

Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Jim Murphy, a British lawmaker and campaigner against Scottish independence, has suspended his speaking tour after he was pelted with eggs and physically attacked on Thursday, the London Times reported.

The Member of Parliament for East Renfrewshire said supporters of the Yes vote had co-ordinated abusive protests. A spokesman for Yes Scotland told the paper the group condemned all forms of abuse and offensive behavior.

“There is a dark corner in Scotland in which lurks a kind of noisy, intolerant nationalism that has now been brought to life,” the Times reported Murphy, a Labour party member, as saying. “Somewhere inside the Yes campaign, this is being co-ordinated.”

Scots decide next month whether to split from the U.K., ending 300 years of political union. A poll this week suggested that about 53 percent planned to vote against independence.

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