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(...)

Alex Salmond arrives with Nicola Sturgeon to take his last first minister’s questions at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh yesterday. Mr Salmond will hand over the leadership to Ms Sturgeon later this week. Photograph: Getty Images

For the past few years Scottish Nationalist Party members have gathered in Perth for their party conference, easily filling the 2,000 seats in the cit(...)

Labour leader Ed Miliband speaking to Johann Lamont who has  resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Johann Lamont has resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party, accusing the Westminster leadership of treating the party in Scotland as a “branch (...)

Former Labour chancellor of the exchequer Alistair Darling told the conference that Scottish first minister Alex Salmond had not “entirely accepted” the result. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

The Conservatives will make demands for greater powers for English MPs over English laws a central part of next year’s British general election – u(...)

Dejected Yes supporters at the Royal Highland centre following their loss to the NO campaign during the Scottish referendum in Edinburgh. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA 2:00

A photograph of Alex Salmond sitting in the back of an ordinary saloon car taken in the early hours as he headed for a flight from Aberdeen to Edinbur(...)

A Scottish Saltire flag flies alongside a Union flag on top of 10 and 11 Downing Street. Photograph:  Reuters/Luke MacGregor.

A sterling currency union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom is “incompatible with sovereignty”, Bank of England go(...)

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(...)

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond holds a Q&A session with youngsters during a visit to the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow

For more than two years the debate on Scottish independence has raged: often bitter, frequently contradictory and sometimes confusing.Over the last co(...)

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont delivers her speech at the Scottish Labour Party conference at the Perth Concert Hall. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond’s independence referendum bid is “the most dishonest(...)

Brian Cox: ‘My family are all Irish. They were forced to move, to wander and be uprooted.’ Above, in Conor McPherson’s The Weir. Photograph: Helen Warner

Shortly after 6pm, the stalls and balconies in the Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End are empty. A faint smell of paint and wax lies in the bac(...)