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

Alex Salmond rallied the SNP at its annual conference

Salmond embraces Nato in SNP's 'Clause 4 moment'

Alex Salmond celebrates after members vote to drop opposition to military alliance

David Cameron and Alex Salmond will today sign off on a historic deal to hold a single question referendum on whether Scotland should remain in the United Kingdom

Alex Salmond makes pledge over Scottish economy

There is no danger the independence referendum will distract the Scottish Government from working to boost the economy, the country's First Minister insisted.

It's all smiles, but the gloves are off in fight for Scotland

A two-year campaign to win the hearts and minds of the Scottish people before they vote on whether to leave the United Kingdom began yesterday as the Scottish and UK Governments signed an historic agreement on an independence referendum.

Steve Richards: The duplicity of referendums

Referendums hover over British politics like a thunderous sky, shaping and reshaping debates, dividing parties and then artificially unifying them, changing history and yet never quite doing so. Referendums are a device that leaders cling to for comfort before they threaten to destroy them. Considering there have only ever been two UK referendums, the plebiscite feels like a strangely ubiquitous device, the mere prospect of one causing as much excitement as fear.

It's all smiles, but the gloves are off in fight for Scotland

A two-year campaign to win the hearts and minds of the Scottish people before they vote on whether to leave the United Kingdom began yesterday as the Scottish and UK Governments signed an historic agreement on an independence referendum.

Scottish independence: The road to referendum

October 2012

Text of the 'Edinburgh Agreement'

Agreement between the United Kingdom Government and the Scottish Government on a referendum on independence for Scotland.

David Cameron and Alex Salmond will today sign off on a historic deal to hold a single question referendum on whether Scotland should remain in the United Kingdom

Cameron heads for Edinburgh to agree historic referendum deal with Salmond

David Cameron and Alex Salmond will today sign off on a historic deal to hold a single question referendum on whether Scotland should remain in the United Kingdom.

Editorial: The Scottish question

For the first time in years, Mr Salmond is struggling to outplay a Westminster rival

Callum Jones: A stunt that won't fool 16-year-olds

Personally, I enjoy nothing more than kicking back on Thursday lunchtimes to catch First Minister's Questions from Holyrood. Although I haven't yet had the chance to vote, having only recently turned 18, there is little on this planet more stimulating for me than watching Alex Salmond bicker with MSPs over education, healthcare and the economy. However, for some peculiar reason, political interest among my teenage peers, indeed among the rest of the population, is not high.

David Cameron insists UK is 'better together' as plans for Scottish referendum are finalised

David Cameron has promised to campaign against Scottish independence with “everything we've got” as negotiations over a referendum entered their final stages.

Scotland might be hostage to Alex Salmond's vanity, but it's best hope is to remain part of Britain

I will never say my beloved country can't go it alone. But the SNP's leader has made a bunch of ridiculous claims about the prospects for an independent Scotland

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, pictured, has clashed with Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, over marriage

Alex Salmond is 'dishonest on independence', says Johann Lamont

Alex Salmond is not being honest with the Scottish people about the consequences of independence, Labour's leader north of the border said today.

Deal brokers: Nicola Sturgeon and Michael Moore in talks this month on the referendum

Deal on Scotland vote likely 'in days'

Westminster agrees to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in referendum on independence

Alex Salmond close to deal on Scottish referendum

The Coalition is "close to agreement" with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond on the terms of an independence referendum, it will announce today.

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