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Independence could revive the Labour Party in Scotland, according to a former Labour MP.
Dennis Canavan is now chairman of the Yes Scotland campaign group.
He reckons it could be the best thing ever to happen to the party.
The former Labour MP, who is now the chairman of the pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland's advisory board, argued that would allow the party in Scotland to become independent of UK Labour.
Scots will vote on independence in a referendum in the autumn of 2014 and Mr Canavan argued: ``An independent Scotland could lead to a revival of the Scottish Labour Party because many of Scottish Labour's problems stem from the fact that it has been de-radicalised through its ties to London. Independence would be like escaping from a political straitjacket."