Nicola Sturgeon (R), Scotland’s deputy first minister, has announced she is running to replace Alex Salmond (L), who announced he was stepping down after the independence referendum defeat. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Nicola Sturgeon has launched her bid to become the new leader of the Scottish National Party and Scotland’s first female first minister with an immed(...)

Dejected Yes supporters in George Square, Glasgow, last Friday. Photograph: EPA/Robert Perry

Antipathy towards the politics of successive London governments was a key driver of the impulse towards separation evident in Scotland last week. (...)

British prime minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before the historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning today that a breakaway vote would be irreversible. Photograph: Reuters

British prime minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before the historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remai(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne is seen speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show  in London today.  Photograph: Reuters

The British government is scrambling to respond to a lurch in the opinion polls towards a vote for Scottish independence this month by promising a ran(...)

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown: “We are not being asked to decide if Scotland is a nation – it will still be a nation on September 19th.” Photograph: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

Gordon Brown’s latest book, My Scotland, Our Britain: a Future Worth Sharing, was piled high at the back of the hall in Coatbridge High School ready f(...)

First minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, smiles during the last first ministers questions before September 18th independence referendum.  Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

With less than a month to go until Scotland votes on independence, nationalists are seeking to broaden the debate away from a difficult focus on what (...)

Scottish Socialist Party national convenor Colin Fox: “This isn’t a Celtic-Rangers match: this is more like Celtic-Partick Thistle.” Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Colin Fox of the Scottish Socialist Party walks into Buchanan Street bus station in Glasgow with a “Yes Scotland” satchel over his shoulder, wearin(...)

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond delivers his speech at the Scottish National Party spring conference in Aberdeen. Photograph: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

A vote for Scottish independence is not a vote in favour of the Scottish National Party, Scottish first minis(...)

Handout photo issued by the BBC of Andrew Marr (left) and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso appearing on BBC1’s current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show today. Photograph: PA/BBC

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said states breaking away from existing EU countries would struggle to gain EU membership, furthe(...)

 Scottish first minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence at the Science Museum, Glasgow, today.  Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

An independent Scotland would keep the British pound, the queen and remain in the European Union but have its own defence force and collect its own ta(...)

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