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  1. Nicola Sturgeon to run for SNP leader job
  2. Move will trigger SNP deputy leadership contest
  3. Agreement on new powers for Scotland 'not easy', says Lord Smith
  4. Scotland rejected independence in last Thursday's historic referendum by 55% to 45%

Live Reporting

By Graham Fraser, Nick Eardley, Sandy Murray and Tom Moseley

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Sandy Murray

BBC Scotland news

That's it for our live coverage today. It all begins again on Thursday morning at 07:00.


Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon will face many challenges ahead - on the realistic presumption that she is elected SNP leader and thus First Minister.

Not, incidentally, that she was making any such presumption today: her linguistic tense was uniformly conditional.

To add to those structural challenges, a transient one. Ms Sturgeon's voice was discernibly struggling after the rigours of the referendum.

Facing a comparable challenge, I tendered a comradely throat pastille. (For the avoidance of any doubt, I would do likewise for any other politician from any other party. Laryngitis knows no boundaries.)

Read Brian Taylor's full blog

Cameron criticised

Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman, in her closing speech to the party conference, mocked David Cameron - who was recorded saying the Queen "purred" down the phone to him when he called her with the result of the Scottish referendum.

Harriet Harman

Ms Harman told delegates: "Sometimes it's like we have got David Brent as our prime minister."

Big boots, high heels

Iain Macwhirter: Nicola Sturgeon says she will be in "higher heels" following Alex Salmond's "big boots". Elegant way of saying he's heavy handed..#indyref

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Lars G Ekstrom says: I think the big losers in this referendum will be the no-voters. Westminster politicians will peddle back on their vows before the referendum and Scotland will get fewer additional powers than you were lead to believe. And, what you get will be watered down.

And, in three years time Scotland may well be leaving the EU with the rest of the United Kingdom because of the English voters.

Miliband's Scottish hopes

Ed Miliband

has been speaking to BBC Scotland at his party conference in Manchester, saying he is "optimistic" about Labour's chances in Scotland at next year's general election and the Holyrood election in 2016.

He also praised Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown played an "incredible role" in the campaign to save the Union, he added.

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Stephen Canning says: After what the referendum achieved, I cannot believe someone is asking what it cost and who paid for it. It's like saying "let's not have a democracy because it costs too much". I think everyone in the UK has benefitted to a great extent, except perhaps Westminster, so who paid for it is in my view also irrelevant.

Closing remarks

Winding up the debate in the Scottish Parliament, Finance Secretary John Swinney says everyone in the chamber has agreed on the engagement of 16 and 17 year olds and their contribution to the electoral process.

But, he says: "We don't have the legislative power in this Parliament to effect what every single one of us agrees is the right thing to do."

In his closing remarks, he says the referendum was "an exercise in significant democratic participation".

He adds: "The people came to their conclusion, this government accepts that conclusion, but what we will also do is continue to be ambitious for the people of Scotland, to deliver the very best that we can do."

Finance Secretary John Swinney MSP

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John McGlynn says: I think George Chappell probably meant 'Country' and not 'County' in describing Scotland although come to think it, a 'County' is pretty much all we're considered to be by Messrs Cameron and Milliband, so he's probably right. Look - it's simple. If the infamous 'Vow' is not delivered to the people of Scotland on terms it finds favourable then the SNP has every right to go for a referendum just as soon as they like.


East Lothian Labour MSP Iain Gray says the 55% of the vote who backed retaining Scotland as part of the UK must be heard and "we must accept their decision or we treat them with contempt".

Mr Gray says "it is quite wrong to say 'No' voters were tricked by promises of new powers" adding it could easily be said the 'Yes' campaign had tricked the voters over exaggerated oil revenues and promises.

East Lothian Labour MSP Iain Gray

'No' landslide?

Conservative MSP for West Scotland Jackson Carlaw says the referendum result was an "emphatic" defeat for independence, comparing it with famous landslide election results of years gone by.

"The 85% of Scots who spoke now stand at odds with the 50% who voted for this Parliament," he says.

Social media campaign

Green MSP Alison Johnstone, who represents Lothian, says social media was "invaluable" to the 'Yes' campaign.

"It helped level what was a very unlevel playing field in terms of support from the corporate print media," she says.

She adds: "Debate in Scotland has flourished because of, not in spite of, the diversity of speakers in both the 'Yes' and 'No' campaigns."

Alison Johnstone

'Stoking the fires'

Alison McInnes, Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland, says Alex Salmond "should be speaking on behalf of all Scots and abiding by the Edinburgh agreement."

"There should be no more stoking of the fires of division," she adds.

Alison McInnes

Robert Peston

Economics editor

It did not feature much on the conference platform, but in the hurly burly of Labour's conference in Manchester the so-called English question loomed large - or what impact the planned, if vague, new constitutional settlement for Scotland should have on the way England is governed (and Wales and Northern Ireland too).

I stumbled on three themes.

One was the fury of Ed Miliband and his close circle with the prime minister - at what they saw as a cynical and short-termist attempt to turn English unease at the fiscal privileges going to Scotland into new voting procedures in the Commons that would favour the Tories.

A senior Labour official told me he didn't see how Ed Miliband could now negotiate the detail of Scotland's new budgetary arrangements with David Cameron, given the collapse of trust between the two.

All of which will increase the unease of Scottish nationalists that they may have been sold a hobbled pup of putative enhanced devolution by the main unionist parties in the closing days of the battle over whether Scotland would break free of the UK.

Read the rest of Robert Peston's blog

'Frankly unsavoury'

Last up before the closing speeches in the Scottish Parliament is Colin Beattie, SNP MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, who praises the 'Yes' campaign.

"That we were unable to achieve independence this time around speaks not of any failings, but more of the desperate and frankly sometimes unsavoury tactics of Westminster, who had foolishly assumed the 'No' vote was in the bag."

'Therapy session'

Labour MSP Hugh Henry, who represents Renfrewshire South, says: "It feels as though I am sitting in a therapy session for a support group for people who are really suffering."

It is "only natural" for SNP members to feel disappointed, he says: "It will take some time for some of that to work through."

Hugh Henry MSP

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Alan Cameron says: As a non-member of any party, and a fully paid up cynic, I would suggest to the SNP to subtly change their name, and add a softer aim for the membership card. That would probably reflect the vast majority of people who support them in Holyrood, but find Independence - at the moment - a step too far. Home Rule by stealth is fine for me.

Mark Davies says: If the SNP do insist on another referendum I suspect they would go ahead without the agreement of whoever was the UK government. If that was the case I would suggest there is no 'NO' campaign and 'NO' voters simply do not vote. The result could hardly then be called a mandate, or democracy in action.

'Not ready'

Bob Doris, SNP MSP for Glasgow, says he accepts the Scottish people's verdict that "as yet, they are not ready for Scottish independence".

He accuses Labour of "demonising" Alex Salmond and the 'Yes' movement.

On the pledge of new powers from Westminster, he adds: "If vows are broken, a new mandate should be sought".

Bob Doris MSP

Referendum questions

Business and economy editor Douglas Fraser is answering questions on our

facebook page.

Carrie Harrold asked: What affect might the continued bickering about independence and inferences from SNP of another referendum have upon investment, employment and economic growth?

Douglas Fraser replied: That looks to me like a rhetorical question. Bear in mind that some investment sectors held up well through the referendum campaign, notably in offshore oil and gas.

Read Douglas's answers in full


Full participation

Scottish Conservative MSP Gavin Brown says if Scotland and the UK are to get the best out of Lord Smith of Kelvin's devolution commission, it will require the goodwill of all the Union parties, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Green Party.

Mr Brown says it is "critical" the Scottish Government means what they say when they say they are going to participate fully".

Scottish Conservative MSP Gavin Brown

'Glasgow was awash'

SNP MSP Sandra White, who represents Glasgow Kelvin, says the 'Yes' campaign was "absolutely inspiring".

"Glasgow in particular was awash with 'Yes' was fantastic to watch."

Sandra White MSP

She says the "vow" made by the Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems is "unravelling" and calls the 'No' campaign "the misinformation and fear campaign".

'Credit to Scotland'

Finance Secretary John Swinney says the referendum debate was "full, open and engaged".

Mr Swinney says the campaign was a "credit to Scotland" and highlighted the level of voter registration, participation level, turnout levels and the contribution of the newly enfranchised 16 and 17 year olds.

Finance Secretary John Swinney MSP

The Finance Secretary confirms that he and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon have met with Lord Smith of Kelvin to "confirm the Scottish Government and SNP will participate fully in the process".

He added the peer is undertaking in "trying to secure agreement around additional responsibilities to come to Scotland".

Referendum debated

The Scottish Parliament has returned to the debate on the outcome of the referendum, following First Minister Alex Salmond's statement yesterday.

'Scotland has spoken'

SNP MP Pete Wishart has blogged about the result of the independence referendum and the future for his party.

He writes: "Scotland has spoken and rejected independence by a clear majority, but yet we don't feel defeated or diminished."

Westminster Deputy?

Journalist Euan McColm

tweets: "Convinced the snp should seek a deputy from westminster/euro parl, leaving
@JohnSwinney as
@NicolaSturgeon's political deputy at holyrood.

'Settled will'

Labour MSP Drew Smith has responded to Nicola Sturgeon's leadership speech this morning.

He said: "If Nicola Sturgeon wants to move forward after so long as Alex Salmond's deputy she needs to show that she has learned the lessons of the referendum which her old boss has found so difficult to heed. That must mean being prepared to accept that Scotland remaining within the United Kingdom is the settled will of the Scottish people.

"Nicola Sturgeon should reflect that in any new agenda she seeks to set out."

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Gary McAlanon says: As an SNP Voter, I would say that there should not be another referendum for a while. Although, it is a democratic right to have it in your itinerary, because it still keeps Westminster government in line…Just look at the way they have pandered to the Scottish people over the last two years...

But please remember this everyone of Scotland: If Scotland was not contributing enough into the Westminster pot, do you think they would have wanted to keep us?

Referendum questions

Join @BBCDouglasF now for a live Facebook Q&A as he answers your questions on the #indyref and its aftermath.

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J Maxton says: Why are you still using heading "Scotland Decides" when Scotland has decided and why are you using Referendum Live when referendum was LAST Thursday so no longer live.

Glenn Wildgoose asks: Can anyone tell me who actually paid for the Scottish referendum and what it cost?

Facebook Q&A

Join the BBC's Business and Economy Editor Douglas Fraser for a Facebook Q&A on 'the aftermath of the #indyref'.

You can take part in the event at 15:00 on the

BBC Scotland News page.

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George Chappell says: The SNP will never let this go for as long as they are in power. We had a vote and it was 'No' but Ms Sturgeon says "opinion and demand" will dictate future decisions. It's what they want regardless of what the majority of the Scottish people wanted. The 'No' opinion doesn't count because it's not what the SNP want. Please SNP let it go and bring this great county back together.

Video - Sturgeon's speech

Nicola Sturgeon says she will wear her "own shoes" if she becomes First Minister and SNP leader, but said she owed Alex Salmond an "immeasurable" personal debt.

You can watch footage of

her speech announcing her candidacy here.

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Economic concerns

Will more devolution help Scotland's economy? A group of Scottish business leaders have signed a statement saying any new settlement should focus on economic growth.

David Watt, executive director of the Institute of Directors, told BBC Radio Scotland that during the referendum debate "the level of discussion on the economy was quite limited and very focused on individual benefit rather than the wider country's benefit.

"Bluntly, if we want to increase employment and decrease unemployment, we have to have a stronger economy."

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Eric Ewing in Aberdeen wrote: So Nicola will add independence again to the SNP manifesto, should we be surprised, not at all, after all how can a 383,937 majority be wrong.

It is time the SNP faced facts, independence is not wanted by the majority in Scotland. It is time to stop dividing families and towns and villages and to promote togetherness.

Please end the bickering, to para phrase Mr Salmond " I have a government in Holyrood I did not vote for!" but I get on with it, and it is democracy - like it or loathe it.

Sillars - Poor will pay the price

Jim Sillars, the former deputy leader of the SNP, has written that the poor will "now pay the price" of the No vote in the independence referendum.

In an

article for the Edinburgh Evening News, he says "the efforts of the Yes campaigners will prove not to have been in vain."

Mr Sillars previously warned "scaremongering" business leaders they faced a "day of reckoning" if Scotland had voted Yes.

Sunday Herald

The Sunday Herald, the only Scottish newspaper to support independence, has reported a doubling of its year-on-year sales,

Press Gazette reports.

Writing on Twitter, the paper said it was "speechless and very grateful".


James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Today, launching her leadership bid, Ms Sturgeon made a point of reassuring voters that the final decision would be for them: Scotland would not be unilaterally declaring independence.

This is a necessary step to prevent people being scared off from voting for the SNP in parliamentary elections.

But the strategy now is likely to be this: if you can't bring the people to independence, then bring independence closer to the people.

Sturgeon's priorities

Conservative MSP Annabel Goldie calls for Ms Sturgeon to "set a statesman-like course" if she becomes First Minister.

Former Labour health minister Susan Deacon says Ms Sturgeon has to acknowledge that no party can solve "huge issues" like poverty with a single piece of legislation, while ex-Labour MSP Pauline McNeill calls for "some transparency in the discussion around public spending".

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Brian Anderson says: Scotland can settle the West Lothian Question itself should Miliband not exempt his Scottish MPs. If we only voted in SNP MPs ourselves the problem is solved. No Scottish Labour MPs to vote on English matters. Seems a logical solution.

'Women-friendly policies'

Dr Kenny also says there is evidence to suggest women politicians advocate "women-friendly policies".

It is a "complex relationship", she says, but "there is a link".