Salmond hails majority election win

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Alex Salmond pulled off an unprecedented victory in the Scottish Parliament election today, clearing the way for a referendum on independence.

Flying into Edinburgh by helicopter, he pledged to "make the nation proud" after his party won 69 of 129 seats.

Speaking after landing in the grounds of Prestonfield House Hotel, he welcomed promises of constructive opposition from the leaders of Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Salmond added: "This party, the Scottish party, the national party, carries your hope. We shall carry it carefully and make the nation proud."