JK Rowling has indicated that she intends to vote against Scottish independence in the 2014 referendum, saying: "I'm pro-union."
Her comment comes in a wide-ranging interview today to promote her new novel, The Casual Vacancy, her first adult book since the Harry Potter series, which is published on Thursday.
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The Guardian interviewer writes of Rowling: "She is not so private that she won't say which way she'll vote in the Scottish referendum – 'I'm pro union."
It is thought to be the first time that the Edinburgh-based author has made such a declaration, although she is a known friend of Sarah and Gordon Brown, and made a £1m donation to the UK Labour party in 2008.
Leaders of the Better Together campaign are expected to welcome today's comment, however brief, given that the pro-independence campaign have paraded an array of Scottish celebrities to back their cause.