Scottish first minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond (centre) visits Ferguson Shipbuilders. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

A stream of young apprentices, fresh-faced and smiling, leave the Scotstoun dockyard in Glasgow, some of the 50 that have been taken on by the yard’s (...)

Scotland’s deputy first minister  Nicola Sturgeon addressing an independence meeting  on the Isle of Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde. Photograph: Mark Hennessy

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s deputy first minister, stood on the stage in Millport’s Town Hall on the Isle of Cumbrae wanting to talk about independenc(...)

Three weeks out from Scotland’s referendum on independence on September 18th, the No side is still ahead in every poll but it is the Yes campaign that(...)

Scottish first minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond (second from right) during a visit to the Ferguson Shipbuilders’ yard in Port Glasgow yesterday. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The workmen were in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow yesterday, removing cables, equipment and staging that had served Monday’s TV clash betw(...)

Better Together leader Alistair Darling (L) and first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond debate over Scottish independence at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow yesterday. Photograph: David Cheskin/Reuters/Pool

Alex Salmond lost the first TV debate earlier this month by a country mile, yet the Yes side in Scotland’s independence referendum campaign nudged a l(...)

Better Together leader Alistair Darling and first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow for the second independence debate. Photograph: David Cheskin/Reuters

Seventy-one per cent of respondents said Scottish first minister Alex Salmond won the second Scottish independence debate, according to an instant Gu(...)

Alistair Darling: was seen to have scored heavily on currency fears in the first debate but public opinion appears to have swung the other way on this issue. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond will tonight face Labour’s Alistair Darling in a television debate that could have a significant influence on n(...)

Alex Salmond:  the No side believes the first minister has failed to answer questions about currency, pensions and welfare, oil and a host of other issues. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Better Together, the campaign seeking to keep Scotland in the UK by defeating next month’s Scottish independence referendum, does not do raucous, crow(...)

Independence for Women campaigner Aislin Smith in Glasgow. Opinion polls show Scottish women are less likely than men to vote Yes in next month’s referendum on independence. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Nearly everything about the meeting in the South Leith church halls was polite: the speakers praised each other, and questions from the floor were (...)

Scottish Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale meets volunteers with unanswered questions on what independence will mean for Scotland, outside the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh yesterday. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

First minister’s questions in the Scottish parliament in Holyrood, in a chamber that was designed to encourage harmony, is often an unedifying affa(...)