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  1. Alistair Darling says Alex Salmond 'lost referendum and lost the plot'
  2. Parties will 'honour' more powers pledge, says Margaret Curran
  3. Salmond: 'No' voters were 'tricked'
  4. No 10 stands by Scots devolved powers drive

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Tom Moseley and Steve Brocklehurst

All times stated are UK

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Steven Brocklehurst

BBC Scotland news website

That's all from our live referendum reaction coverage for today. It will all begin again at 07:00 tomorrow.

Parliament returns

MSPs return to Holyrood tomorrow afternoon. The

business for the first day back includes a statement from First Minister Alex Salmond.

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We're back at 22:30 tonight asking what does the future hold for the SNP. After a No vote in the referendum, is independence still a viable goal? Or is Devo Max now the focus?

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'Unfair' rules

Former Labour minister Ben Bradshaw says his party's leadership has failed to tackle the "unfair" situation of Scottish MPs voting on English-only matters.

Mr Bradshaw, who represents Exeter, told the

Western Morning News: "We have to acknowledge an unfairness where Scottish MPs vote on exclusively English matters. The question as to whether this is unfair has to be a 'yes'. But there are numerous ways you can address this, all very complex."

Commons inquiry

A House of Commons committee is going to investigate the aftermath of the independence referendum. The

Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, which set out the terms of its inquiry today, will look at whether England, Wales and Northern Ireland should be offered the same levels of devolution as Scotland.

The MPs will also consider the best way forward given the disagreements between the three main Westminster parties.

Houses of Parliament

Ned Simons, Huffington Post


Reporting from the Labour conference fringe, Huffington Post political correspondent Ned Simons

tweets: Ed Balls says he would be 'staggered' if Gordon Brown wanted to be first minister of Scotland.

George Square trouble

Six men men have appeared in court charged with various offences during Glasgow city centre disturbances on the day the referendum result was announced.

Three appeared in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court over disorder in George Square on Friday.

Three other men were accused of being involved in other incidents in nearby streets.

One was charged with being in possession of a hammer on West Nile Street.

Four of the men were remanded in custody.

It is believed that some people will appear at court at a later date in connection the incident.

SNP members

Today's final entry from SNP chief executive Peter Murrell: 18,002 new @theSNP members in 96 hours. Welcome one and all.

Rennie calls on SNP to accept verdict

As MSPs prepare to return to Holyrood after the referendum tomorrow, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie called on Scottish government ministers to accept the verdict of the Scottish people and work constructively with others.

He said: "Scots delivered their verdict on the SNP's independence plans at the ballot box but we know that a vote to remain part of the UK family is not a vote against change.

"In the past the SNP have been surly bystanders as others worked to deliver new powers for Scotland. This cannot happen again."

He added:"The Liberal Democrat vision of radical reform towards a federal UK is now top of the political agenda. This is a chance of a lifetime to deliver the change that the majority of people wish to see. A stronger Scotland within the United Kingdom."

'I'd done enough research'

"I've had a career in finance in which I've had to make projections and limit risk as much as possible. These were my savings, my money, but I felt I'd done enough research to be sure of the outcome.

"It was a decision taken in conjunction with my wife. And although I bounced a few ideas off other friends, nobody else knew what we were doing."

The anonymous man who staked £900,000 on the outcome of the referendum

has been explaining his thinking on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show.


Labour 'shocked' by Yes support

Chris Mason

Political correspondent, BBC News

Longstanding Labour voters who deserted the party to vote for Scottish independence "shocked and worried us greatly," a shadow cabinet minister has said.

The shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna said that many in "communities that have supported us" for years were unwilling to support the Labour-backed Better Together campaign.

But Mr Umunna, speaking at a fringe event at the Labour Party conference organised by The Times, said the "wrong lesson" to learn from the experience would be to focus solely on current or previous core Labour supporters.

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Marie: I'm a life-long Labour voter, who voted Yes. I researched both side of the argument and made up my own mind, I hated the way the No campaign threatened and bullied throughout. Now I'm disgusted at the smug back patting of Johann Lamont, Margaret Curren, Alistair Darling & co and the personal attacks on Alex Salmond. Labour have lost my vote for good. Incidentally, an Edinburgh university study found that Yes voters were the most politically informed, most voted with their heads, enough of the patronising!

David, Devon: Alex Salmond didn't say ALL no voters were tricked. What he said was that SOME of the crucial undecided ones were tricked in the final few days with the promise of swift change from Westminster, which Cameron seems to be backtracking from. He has a fair point. Cameron must now deliver - or admit the sham.

Voting at 16

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael believes the high turnout in Thursday's referendum is evidence that the UK voting age should be lowered to 16.

Writing on his blog, the Lib Dem Northern Isles MP said more than 100,000 under-18s had registered to vote.

"Our young voters were given the opportunity and seized it with both hands. I believe that it is now only a matter of time until we see votes at 16 rolled out across the UK. That time should be now."

Alistair Carmichael
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Referendum 'damaged UK'

A new poll, by ComRes, has found that 39% of Britons agree that the UK has been "damaged by the Scottish referendum campaign".

The survey, carried out for ITV News, also found two-thirds of people agreed Scottish MPs should be banned from voting on English-only laws.

And 30% of those polled thought Scotland would "probably become an independent country in the next 20 years".

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Mrs W, Glasgow: Alistair Darling continues to alienate half the Scottish population, many of them now ex-labour voters. The election result has been accepted Alistair, that is not the issue. The fact that the parties are now not delivering their promise of an immediate increase in devolved powers is an issue for many people other than Alex Salmond.

You have a lot of work to do if you want to get some voters back - saying Alex Salmond has 'lost the plot' is not the way to go about it. So unbelievably out of touch with your own support base!

Struan: I have been a labour supporter all of my 64 years however due to their shocking campaign tactics and post referendum blustering I have now joined the SNP. I find it remarkable that in such a short space of time they have managed to alienate their supporters on both sides of the border so spectacularly.

Taxing question

Political analyst Gerry Hassan says: "There is a mood music case being made at the moment by all politicians, north and south of the border, that greater devolution, greater de-centralism, equals social justice.

"That does not automatically, necessarily work.

"What Ed Balls is trying to make the case for is common, shared services, taxation - a unitary system of income tax across the UK, that is what social democracy is about.

"But it is rather late in the day when Gordon Brown, the previous week, was promising the exact opposite."

'Conspicuous absence'

Political analyst Gerry Hassan tells BBC Scotland's Newsdrive there was a "conspicuous absence" of the detail behind the Vow that the Westminster parties made to Scotland when Labour's shadow chancellor Ed Balls made his speech to the party's conference in Manchester.

Mr Hassan say: "Basically it turns out that when Gordon Brown went solo in the last week and a half of the referendum campaign he never bothered to clear it with Ed Balls or speak to him. So Ed Balls, paying back in like, didn't feel the need to mention it.

"So it is yet another indication of the threadbare, making it up as you go along, nature of the pledge that was offered pre-vote."

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Labour MSP Richard Simpson

tweets: Devolution powers timetable to be honoured says Hague. Lord Smith of Kelvin chair commonwealth games will take forward. Promise must be kept

'Absolutely vital'

Constitutional expert Professor Vernon Bogdanor tells BBC News that an "unconditional promise" of more devolution was made to Scotland.

"If it now appears that it's conditional, some Scottish voters who voted 'No' will say they have been cheated."

Prof Bogdanor adds: "It is absolutely vital that this devolution promise to Scotland, whether you think it was right or not, should be delivered as rapidly as possible."

'Only the beginning'

Leader of the Commons William Hague, speaking after the meeting at the prime minister's private residence in Buckinghamshire, said today's discussions on the English question were "only the beginning".

He said whatever is or isn't agreed on changing the voting status of Scotland's MPs at Westminster "we will absolutely go ahead with the commitment to Scotland". But he said the need to deal with England was now "urgent".

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Mr Hague said if other parties make it impossible to do this in tandem with the draft Scotland bill the English question will become an issue for the general election. He said the Conservatives believed only English MPs should decide laws that apply to England.

The Cabinet Committee looking at this will meet for the first time on Wednesday.

England only votes

David Cameron has met senior Conservatives at Chequers to discuss barring Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs from voting on issues that affect only England.

Following the meeting, the leader of the Commons, William Hague, said that it was clear that promises to devolve more powers to Scotland would be honoured. However, he added that there had been widespread agreement that decisions at Westminster which affected England only, should be taken by English MPs.

Scots back English votes plan

If Scotland is handed more powers through increased devolution, 71% of people think its MPs should no longer be able to vote on issues only affecting England, according to YouGov.

This view is also held by nearly two thirds of Scots,

YouGov said.

Yes party member surge

Glenn Campbell

BBC Scotland news

Not just the SNP but also the other parties in the Yes campaign seem to be benefiting from a surge in membership.

In the case of the SNP they say that their membership has gone up from something like 25,000 to, at 4pm today, more than 42,000.

They are now within striking distance of overtaking the Liberal Democrat membership across the UK.

The Greens say they have also picked up 3,000 members since the referendum vote. They only had 2,000 to start with, so that is an even more extraordinary increase in their size.

It is a fascinating phenomenon and more generally there is talk within the broad Yes campaign about how they keep the energy going and how they campaign in the future.

Sturgeon rivals?

Glenn Campbell

BBC Scotland news

When the nominations for SNP leader open there will probably be a period of up to three weeks where anybody in the party that can get the required level of support could potentially come forward as a rival.

There are some who think there should be a contest, that it would confer legitimacy on the new leader.

Others think, given that Nicola Sturgeon is the favourite, and is likely to win any contest, that there really is not any point and that the party should really get on with the business of governing because, of course, it remains the Scottish government.

If Nicola Sturgeon does declare there would need to be a contest to replace her in the deputy role and that could be potentially more interesting.

Contest or coronation for Sturgeon?

Glenn Campbell

BBC Scotland news

Nicola Sturgeon has the backing of most of the members of the Scottish cabinet. I think we can expect the nominations for SNP leader will open as early as Wednesday. I would expect that Nicola Sturgeon would formally declare herself a candidate at that stage and I am certainly not aware of anybody proposing to stand against her.

If a candidate does emerge there certainly could be a contest but whether it is through that route or through a coronation I think the general feeling is that Nicola Sturgeon will become the next leader of the SNP and the next first minister of Scotland.

She would be the first female to hold either of those posts.

In fact by mid-November, if there are no other changes, the three main parties at Holyrood will be led by women and I can't think of any other parliament on the planet where that is the case.

SNP leader odds

Bookmaker William Hill says Nicola Sturgeon is now the 1/10 favourite to succeed Alex Salmond as leader of the SNP.

The deputy leader has said she could think of "no greater privilege" than to seek the leadership.

MP Angus Robertson is the 7/1 second favourite.

Nicola Sturgeon

'Beggars belief'

Chris Mason

Political correspondent, BBC News

Labour MP Simon Danczuk says it "beggars belief" that Labour did not have a ready answer to the question of what happens in England in the event of a Scottish 'No' vote.

Speaking at a fringe event at the party conference in Manchester, Mr Danczuk said Labour leader Ed Miliband would have a "real problem" if he did not address the issue in his leader's speech tomorrow.

Labour must deliver

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

There is a recognition from most of the speakers on the platform at the Labour conference, including Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran this afternoon, that they had to do more, that people do want change and that they have to deliver the promised powers.

Margaret Curran said she would not rest until Scotland got all that it had been promised.

Lamont lament

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Johann Lamont, the Scottish Labour leader, was here at the Labour conference in Manchester and suggested that, yes, they had won the referendum but she said it would be wrong to celebrate the referendum victory without asking how they had got here in the first place.

By that she was suggesting it is clear that voters in Scotland want change.

They are right to want change, she said, and they must reflect on the fact that they did not offer the people of Scotland a vision of change that they felt they could believe in.

'Ambitious timetable'

Professor Ailsa Henderson, of Edinburgh University, tells BBC News David Cameron is "caught between making good on a promise and also seeing off support from voters leaking away towards Ukip".

The ambitious timetable set out for the devolution changes to be made was "absolutely part of the problem", she added.

Referendum - Your Views

Tony Mackin, Ipswich: Now that the referendum is over, the real winners are the people living in Scotland. However, is there any doubt that had the Yes campaign won with the same split of the vote then this would have been labelled "a ringing endorsement of independence?" Finally, the SNP should accept the "sovereign will" of the Scottish people instead of asking for recounts and inquiries.

L. Payne: Yet again Mr Salmond you insult the majority of Scottish voters by claiming we were fooled or tricked into voting No. Most of those who voted No did so after careful informed investigation for the truth of the issues & were not fooled by you or anyone else. All you had to offer was a half-finished "New House" with no solid foundation, only half a roof & no electricity, no chance. Then, you played with the emotional hopes of the 16/17-year-olds. How very cynical, shame on you and that's when you lost it. We, the 'Nos' voted with our heads; the Yes group with their hearts.

Party numbers


SNP chief executive Peter Murrell

tweets: If this keeps going, we'll soon be bigger than the UK-wide @LibDems. 16,186 new @theSNP members and counting.

Miliband's 'Oscars' speech

On the stage at the Labour conference in Manchester, party leader Ed Miliband says it is becoming "like the Oscars" as he thanks figures within the party who helped with the 'No' campaign.

Labour leader Ed Miliband

He pays tribute to people "who knew the gravity of the challenge their country faced, who knew how important it was and who wanted to give their help".

'Backing of Bowie and Beckham'

The Shadow Scottish secretary, Margaret Curran, says the Scottish people have "taught us a lot about our politics".

While it was great to have the backing of David Bowie and David Beckham, she said, it was more pleasing to have support from "ordinary people".

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Gillian: Nationalism? Wrong, I voted Yes for political power and constitutional change. Easy answer to blame nationalism. Look deeper Labour. Not everyone who voted Yes is on benefits. Genuine thoughts for equality across Scotland - that will be harder now.

Tam: Is this to be the new way to represent support for independence? Wave a Saltire, paint your face a la 'Braveheart', take to the streets to drown out anyone with different views from your own? I think and hope that many long-standing supporters of independence may be troubled by this and reflect on the price being paid along the way.

'Passion for change'

Johann Lamont tells Labour supporters: "I believe those who sought change through separation were wrong, but I salute their passion for change, I salute their commitment and I ask them to share their energy with us to change Scotland and change Britain and build that society we all seek without borders."

Vote rigging allegation rejected

The chief counting officer has defended the conduct of the Scottish referendum

in response to allegations of vote rigging.

More than 70,000 people have signed an online petition demanding "a revote counted by impartial international parties".

In a statement, the chief counting officer Mary Pitcaithly said all counts "were properly conducted and scrutinised".

Chief Counting officer Mary Pitcaithly
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Ten votes in Glasgow are already being investigated over a separate claim of multiple voting.

Former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars has called for an official inquiry into the claims raised by the petition and in an online video.

'Disappointment became despair'

Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont is next up at the party conference in Manchester.

She says is would be wrong to celebrate the 'No' result "without asking how we got there in the first place".

Johann Lamont

"People want change," she says. "They are right to want change and we must reflect on the fact we did not offer the people of Scotland a vision of change they felt they could believe in.

"We allowed disappointment to become despair and to ferment into nationalism."

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Anon: I am one of the 45% [who voted Yes] and accept the vote, Don't like it. I am now awaiting the offer promised and have every right to scrutinise both the process and offer. Not sour grapes just being sensible.