Predictions about oil are usually wrong, so the SNP is joining a long queue of people. However, being wrong may prove important if, as some now suggest, the world is  facing an era of cheap oil. Photograph: PA

North Sea oil has been central to the dream of Scottish independence for decades. In the 1974 general election, the Scottish National Party won extra (...)

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond: said successor as part leader would be “prepared to listen to other counsel” – coded language indicating the could support Labour. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has opened up the possibility that the Scottish National Party could drop a long-standing practice of n(...)

Alex Salmond: “The opportunity exists for Scotland to emerge from next year’s election in a commanding position.” Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Former Scottish National Party leader and first minister Alex Salmond is to bid to return to the House of Commons, saying that the prospect of a hung(...)

Alex Salmond announces to party members in his constituency at the Buchan Hotel in Ellon that he will stand as candidate for the SNP at the next parliamentary elections. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Former SNP leader and first minister Alex Salmond has begun his bid to win a seat at Westminster, saying it is “impossible to stand on the sidelines w(...)

 New SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon with former first minister Alex Salmond. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Nicola Sturgeon will be officially sworn in as Scotland’s first minister today. Ms Sturgeon (44) succeeds Alex Salmond who announced he would step (...)

Alex Salmond and first minister-in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon after he stepped down from office yesterday. Photograph: PA

Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond stepped down from office yesterday, describing his seven years in charge of Scotland’s government as “the privi(...)

Nicola Sturgeon (left) acknowledges applause following her first key-note speech as SNP leader at the party’s annual conference in Perth, Scotland, at the weekend. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Almost 2,000 people stood to applaud Alex Salmond in Perth’s Concert Hall on Saturday, each thankful in their way to a man who has been a dominant fig(...)

First Minister Alex Salmond is congratulated by new SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon following his speech at the annual party conference at Perth Concert Hall, Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/ PA

Newly elected leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon has told supporters Scotland will become independent. Ms Sturgeon said “new hope a(...)

Nicola Sturgeon is announced as the new leader of the SNP at the party’s annual conference yesterday. She is due to become first minister next week. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon, who will become Scotland’s first minister next week, has many claims to fame that could be shared with other successful politicians, (...)

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond is congratulated by new SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon following his speech today at the annual party conference at Perth Concert Hall, Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scots must get all of the home rule powers pledged by Westminster before September’s independence referendum or else they “will take it”, Scotland’s f(...)