News Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence

Scotland's First Minister will have face-to-face talks with the latest Bank of England governor for the first time

The News Matrix: Monday 8 April 2013

Nine arrested over building collapse

I am committed to defence jobs, says David Cameron

The Prime Minister is to welcome home a submarine crew from their 100th patrol.

Rupert Murdoch had previously referred to Alex Salmond as ‘the most brilliant politician in the UK’

SNP leader Alex Salmond faces referendum rethink as sun sets on alliance with Rupert Murdoch's News International

Failure to win NI backing comes as major blow to SNP leader's Scottish independence campaign

Finance minister John Swinney watches Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond during First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

Scottish independence: leak reveals SNP fears over finances

The Scottish government was accused of “covering up” its private fears that it would struggle to pay its bills if next year’s referendum produces a vote in favour of breaking away from the United Kingdom.

Scottish Government forced to change 'biased' independence referendum question

The tone of the original question 'Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?' was deemed to encourage agreement

Almost 36,000 bottles of prescription eye drops need to be sent back to their manufacturer

36,000 bottles of eye drops recalled after printer ink is found inside

Almost 36,000 bottles of prescription eye drops need to be sent back to their manufacturer, after they were found to contain printing ink.

Dods buys political publishers from Ashcroft

Two businesses majority-owned by Lord Ashcroft have been snapped up by Dods, the political publisher in which the Conservative peer is also a major shareholder.

Smoking display ban is upheld

One of the world's biggest tobacco companies has lost its legal fight to overturn a ban on the open display of cigarettes in shops.

Lambert & Butler cigarettes

Imperial Tobacco, one of the world's biggest cigarette firms, loses display battle

Ministers say the ban is needed to protect future generations from the "devastating effects" of smoking.

Drops in production and higher spending on offshore fields are blamed for falling projected tax receipts from North Sea oil and gas

Fall in North Sea revenue is £8bn blow for SNP

Independence plans for Scotland rely heavily on gas and oil revenue

The Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has been moderate

Radicals threaten Salmond and Scottish independence campaign

Activists gather in Glasgow to try to steer breakway movement sharply to the left

Imperial Tobacco take fight against cigarette display ban to Supreme Court

One of the world's biggest tobacco firms today took a fight against a planned cigarette display ban to the UK's highest court.

Proposals to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland could push other parts of the UK to follow suit, says Tony Nicklinson's widow Jane

Proposals to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland could push other parts of the UK to follow suit, according to the widow of right-to-die campaigner Tony Nicklinson.

Nicola Sturgeon promises 'fair referendum' on Scottish independence

Scotland's Deputy First Minister insisted the country's future would not be “bought and sold” as she hit out at Westminster over the spending limits for the independence referendum campaign.

Salmond poses with a supporter in Perth yesterday

Salmond tears into the Tory-led 'Lord Snootys'

Scottish First Minister pulls no punches at SNP conference as he urges his cheering supporters to follow his dream of independence

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