SNP leader Alex Salmond with deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon
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SNP's Alex Salmond celebrates overall Holyrood majority

SNP leader Alex Salmond has said his party has won "a victory for a society and a nation" by gaining an overall majority in Thursday's Holyrood election.

The First Minister is celebrating a clear majority of four in the 129-seat parliament, enough votes to hold an independence referendum.

Labour leader Iain Gray has announced he would stand down in autumn after losing traditional Labour heartlands to the SNP, while the Liberal Democrat vote also collapsed.

Brian Taylor reports.

  • 06 May 2011