Scotland decides: British PM David Cameron lauds Scottish anti-independence campaign head

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron gestures as he delivers a speech at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in Aberdeen, Scotland, on Sept 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron gestures as he delivers a speech at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in Aberdeen, Scotland, on Sept 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday congratulated Alistair Darling, the man who spearheaded the campaign against Scottish independence, as partial results indicated Scotland had voted to stay in the United Kingdom by a clear margin.

"I've spoken to Alistair Darling and congratulated him on a well-fought campaign," Mr Cameron, whose own job would have been on the line in the event of a "Yes" vote, wrote on his official Twitter feed.

Mr Cameron, who campaigned against Scottish independence along with the leaders of Britain's other two main political parties, is expected to make a televised statement welcoming the results of the referendum from his London offices at around 0600 GMT (2 pm Singapore time).