Catford town hall will raise the Saltire flag this week in a show of opposition to Scottish independence.

Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock said it was important for Scottish people to realise how much they were valued in England.

The move comes as the 'No' campaign was thrown into chaos by a shock poll result this weekend showing that pro-independence support had surged ahead for the first time.

No timing has yet been announced for when the flag will be raised in Catford.

Sir Steve said: "The people of Scotland and they alone will decide the future of their country but as they reach a conclusion it is important that they should know how much many of us in England value the Union that has existed between our countries since 1707.

"All of the mainstream parties in the UK are supporting the retention of the Union and I saw what Ed Miliband said this morning.
"He said 'Over the next few days we want cities, towns and villages across the UK to send a message to Scotland: stay with us. We want to see the Saltire flying above buildings all across our country.'
"I have been urged by councillors in Lewisham to raise the Saltire here too and as someone who has an enormous respect for the achievements of the Scottish nation and a great affection for its people and culture I am very happy to so."