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Referendum round-up: Two weeks to go

It's two weeks to go until the referendum and, with the debate ramping up, it can be be easy to lose track - but we're here to help.

Each Friday, we'll give you a round-up of the big referendum stories, the small referendum stories, and the weird ones from the far-flung corners of the internet.

We'll also take a look at what you've been saying on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and other social media sites.

So, here's what's been going on this week.

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Labour of love

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Both sides have been trying to win over undecided Labour voters this week - a group seen to be key to deciding the referendum.

Labour leader Ed Miliband arrived in Scotland calling for them to vote "No" and back a Labour government in the UK election.

First Minister Alex Salmond said it's not about party politics, but the right "to have the government of our choice".

The push for Labour voters comes as polls suggest the race is tightening.


Campaigns League

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Better Together and Yes Scotland decided to do their talking on the pitch this week, with a penalty shoot-out.

The Scotland United Against Motor Neurone Disease match was arranged by Gordon's Fightback to raise awareness of MND and help find a cure.

The pro-union side won 5-4, with the Yes side's chief executive Blair Jenkins who saw his penalty saved.

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Panic stations

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Thousands of thrillseeking Scots made a last-minute dash to register to vote ahead of Tuesday's deadline.

Despite enjoying/enduring (delete as applicable) two years of referendum campaigning, some people have only now signed up.

Local registration centres have said they've received tens of thousands of applications in the past week alone.

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I am the egg man

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Doesn't he look eggstatic? (Sorry).

After taking a short break from his street tour of Scotland, Jim Murphy is back.

Mr Murphy claimed the Yes Scotland campaign was organising "mobs" to intimidate him and undecided voters after a Yes supporter threw eggs at the Labour MP last week.

But Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond retorted by saying he has received "death threats from a few daft people", but that the vast majority of the public was enjoying the debate.


A Little Respect

Which brings us to the final point: can't we all just get along?

That's the message of The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, who has urged both sides in the referendum debate to treat each other with respect.

The Rt Reverend John Chalmers said he was "disturbed" by what he saw as a recent increase in aggression.

So let's keep it civilised as we enter the final two weeks of the campaign. Thanks.

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