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SNP to push for full independence for Scotland

SNP leader Alex Salmond has issued an independence rallying call, as he warned the UK government that its days of telling Scots what to do "are over".

Addressing his party's first conference since its landslide election win, the first minister said Scotland needed independence to realise its potential.

The Scottish government will stage an independence referendum towards the end of the five-year parliament.

Mr Salmond said a ballot paper question on more powers may be included but insisted the SNP would be campaigning for full independence.

James Cook reports.

  • 22 Oct 2011
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