A video has emerged of a former SNP MSP telling Scots who plan to vote against independence that they are bad parents.
Lloyd Quinan, who served as a MSP between 1999 and 2003 told a meeting in North Berwick on 9 June that the Scottish people "have an opportunity to change the lives and life chances of our children for he future".
He added: "I will be partisan about it, if you vote 'No' you leave them with more of the same, then you're a bad parent."
Quinan quit the SNP after losing his seat in the Scottish parliament and was then briefly a member of the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP), before quitting that party too in 2005.
A spokesperson for Alex Salmond told The Herald: "Abuse has no place in the referendum campaign, whether from Yes or No supporters. Lloyd Quinan is not a member of the SNP - and indeed hasn't been for over a decade."
Tomorrow evening Salmond will go head-to-head against the leader of the Better Together campaign, Alistair Darling, in a live TV debate. The 'Yes' campaign hope a strong performance from the first minister will help close the gap in the polls.
A poll commissioned by the Mail on Sunday over the weekend found that Salmond and the 'Yes' campaign had not received a boost from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The Survation survey showed that 40% would vote 'Yes' and 46% would vote 'No', with 14% undecided