Scotland’s first minister and leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon gives a thumbs-up on the steps of her official residence Bute House in Edinburgh on May 9th following the party’s landslide victory in the Scottish parliament elections. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty

 Nicola Sturgeon has told Boris Johnson that she will legislate for a second independence referendum after her Scottish National Party (SNP) won (...)

Alex Salmond, former Scottish first minister and leader of the Alba Party,  in the boxing gym of former world champion Alex Arthur in Edinburgh on Monday. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

In a boxing gym in Edinburgh’s New Town, Alex Salmond stood in the centre of the ring, his fists up in a huge pair of worn boxing gloves as he posed f(...)

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond poses for a portrait  in Strichen on Saturday. Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty Images

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond’s new Alba Party threatens to undermine support for pro-union parties in crucial elections on May 6th, Sco(...)

First minister Nicola Sturgeon in the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh on Tuesday. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Nicola Sturgeon has comfortably survived a vote of no confidence over claims she misled the Scottish parliament about her handling of sexual harassmen(...)

 Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon leaves her home in Glasgow on Monday ahead of publication of the inquiry report. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon did not breach the Scottish government’s ministerial code in her handling of sexual harassment complaints against Alex Salmond, an ind(...)

First minister Nicola Sturgeon leaving her Glasgow home on Monday morning. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/ Getty

Nicola Sturgeon and her adversaries agreed on very little about the Alex Salmond affair but both sides were united in their admiration for James Hamil(...)

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon. A judicial review found that the Scottish government’s handling of the complaints against Mr Salmond was biased and unlawful and the exercise cost the authorities more than £500,000 (€583,000) in legal bills. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, faces a vote of no confidence next week after a parliamentary committee reportedly found that she misled p(...)

Forest Industries Ireland  outlined to the Government its concern that the rate of new forest planting was falling rapidly as a result of a slowdown in licence approvals.

Employers’ group Forest Industries Ireland (FII) lobbied the Government to appoint the expert whose report forms the basis of a new policy for the sec(...)

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon is sworn in before giving evidence  to the  committee investigating the Scottish government’s handling of sexual harassment complaints  against her predecessor Alex Salmond. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/AFP via Getty Images

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has told a parliamentary inquiry she had no reason to wish to damage her predecessor Alex Salmond, dismissin(...)

The bitter falling out between Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon and her predecessor Alex Salmond has become a real threat to their Scottish National Party’s (SNP) political fortunes. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The bitter falling out between Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon and her predecessor Alex Salmond, long a lurid sideshow in Edinburgh, has bec(...)

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