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  1. Alex Salmond calls for 16 and 17-year-olds to be given vote in all future elections
  2. Two-day debate on referendum result starts, as MSPs return to Holyrood for first time since rejecting independence
  3. Labour leader Ed Miliband tells Manchester conference his party will show Scotland it made right choice
  4. Mr Miliband confirms 16 and 17-year-olds will get election vote if Labour elected
  5. Tennis star Andy Murray: "No regrets" over referendum opinion but would rethink tweet

Live Reporting

By Tom Moseley and Steve Brocklehurst

All times stated are UK

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Steven Brocklehurst

BBC Scotland news website

That's all from the referendum reaction live coverage for today. We will back for more at 07:00 on Wednesday, the day Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce her candidacy for the SNP leadership.

'Incredible figures'

Derek Mackay, the SNP business convener, said: "These incredible figures are absolutely inspiring."

He said the rise in membership shows that it is "the SNP the people of Scotland trust to work in the best interests of Scotland".

Mr Mackay continued: "We are now the third largest party in the UK - overtaking the Lib Dems, who are clearly suffering from the effects of going into coalition with the Tories.

"The buoyancy of the SNP in recent days also stands in stark contrast with the other Westminster parties - with the whispering campaign against Johann Lamont starting in earnest, and the Tories confirming cuts to Scotland's budget for which they will pay a heavy price at the ballot box."

SNP membership

Membership of the SNP has more than doubled in the wake of last week's independence referendum.

More than 26,000 new members have joined the party since last Thursday's historic ballot, in which Scotland voted to stay part of the United Kingdom.

Prior to the referendum the party had 25,642 members, but by 4pm today that had increased to 52,034.

SNP chiefs have claimed their membership now outstrips that of the Liberal Democrats across the UK, making them the third largest political party.

Wearing it well


Youth employment minister Angela Constance, who has become known for her exciting fashion choices in the chamber, arrived for this afternoon's debate sporting this dazzling pair of shoes. The cherries are not thought to be edible.

SNP MSP quits

The SNP has confirmed that John Wilson MSP is to quit the party whip in the Scottish Parliament - reducing the Nationalist majority to one.

Mr Wilson previously fell out with the party over the SNP's decision to endorse Nato membership in an independent Scotland.

But he was prevailed upon to stay in the Parliamentary group. With the referendum over, he has chosen to stand down. The SNP said they wished him well.

'Enthusiastic position'

The SNP is not "grieving", Alex Salmond told the Scottish Parliament debate on the referendum in his closing remarks.

"We are actually in a very enthusiastic position indeed. Not just because of the participation, because of the 51,284 members of the Scottish National Party.

"People who have been encouraged to join us, the Greens and the other 'Yes' forces because that political awakening of Scotland will take us forward.

"That is why we look forward to the next few months and years of Scottish politics."

That brings the debate to a close for today, it resumes in the Holyrood chamber tomorrow afternoon.

PM: Queen purred over Scotland vote

The Queen "purred" when David Cameron told her about Scotland's rejection of independence referendum, he has apparently revealed.

The prime minister, overheard by waiting camera crews while in conversation with ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said he had "never heard someone so happy" at the result.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on Mr Cameron's remarks.

David Cameron and Michael Bloomberg

In the referendum, voters in Scotland rejected independence by 55% to 45%.

'Laying a trap'

Mr Salmond turns to David Cameron's comments that devolution would happen "in tandem" with moves to restrict Scottish MPs from voting on English matters.

Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson intervenes and says "you can have concurrent activity without one activity being dependent on the other".

The first minister says he is sure he does not need to explain to her that Mr Cameron was "laying a trap for Labour".

"That concurrent activity as far as the Labour Party is concerned is a non-starter."

'Little bitterness'

Closing the debate, Alex Salmond says there has been "surprisingly little" bitterness in the MSPs' contributions.

Alex Salmond

'No consolation prize'

"We cannot allow grief to be transformed yet again into grievance," says Drew Smith, Labour MSP for Glasgow.

Devolution should not be seen as a "consolation prize", he says.

'Things change'

Jean Urquhart, independent MSP for the Highlands and Islands, says she thinks Alex Salmond still has a "huge role to play in Scottish politics".

She also says she does not think the independence question is "done and dusted".

"Life goes on, and things do change" she says.

Jean Urquhart

More powers offer

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

Perhaps the concessions on more powers may have to be made by the Labour party because at present their offer falls rather short, in terms of income tax certainly, of what is being proposed by the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

Again, people from the UK government are insisting that the Barnett Formula will remain. This was something that was drawn attention to by Mr Salmond. He said it was not in the Commons motion and he was rather concerned about that point.

'Tight timetable'

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

Lord Smith, whose job it is to put together these proposals on more powers for Holyrood, has said it won't be easy to reach agreement.

If you consider that the constitutional convention took years, prior to the 1997 Labour government. If you consider that the Calman Commission also took years and Lord Smith has got a couple of months at most. It is very tight.

Patrick Harvie for the Greens referred to it as being an exceptionally tight timetable. There is also the issue of whether the English votes on English laws has to be taken "in tandem".

I understand from UK government sources that is very definitely uncoupled but some in the Conservative Party might not see it that way.

I think it is a really challenging prospect

'Magnanimous and gracious'

People in politics should be magnanimous in victory and gracious in defeat, says Murdo Fraser, the Tory MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife.

"As a Scottish Conservative, I have, over the past two decades, had to develop a good line in being gracious.

"Today, unaccustomed as I am, I will try my best to be magnanimous. And if I fall short, I can only plead my lack of experience."

Jilted spouse?

The debate at Holyrood continues, with Christina McKelvie, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, saying "a vow is a vow", referring to the pledge of more powers from Westminster parties.

She adds: "Reneging on a vow made jointly is a bit like turning up to church to get married and telling your new spouse it was all a terrible mistake."

Ms McKelvie also attacks the Labour Party for its "obscene" plan to cut child benefit and its support for the UK's nuclear deterrent.

Debate analysis

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

The other party leaders were all stressing the need to move on, the need to consider the prospect of further powers. Those endorsing the Union were arguing that these would in fact be delivered.

For the Conservatives, Ruth Davidson urged people on the Yes side to accept the result. She referred to some rumours kicking around online about vote-rigging. She said these had been completely dismissed by the authorities and were futile.

Willie Rennie was pursuing broadly the same theme while arguing that there should be further devolution down to Scotland's communities.

Labour's Johann Lamont seemed to feel it was few more than a handful of miscreants that had soured the tone a little bit, but nevertheless she was markedly positive, talking about working with the Scottish government where that is possible on issues like land reform and education, the NHS etc.

The sting in the tail is that all of this was in the context of the Union being endorsed as the settled will of the Scottish people, as she put it.

Debate analysis

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

It was a rather impressive debate in the Scottish Parliament.

The tone was set by Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick delivering "thought for the week", as we occasionally call it.

She urged unity and she reminded MSPs of the quite extraordinary turnout in the referendum.

That was picked up by Alex Salmond in his address. He said, with exception of what he called a 'handful of miscreants', this had been the greatest democratic experience in Scotland's history. He said it was a credit to the nation.

'Just relief'

"On the 'No' side, the overwhelming emotion has not been one of joy, or celebration or even victory - just relief," says Labour MSP for Eastwood Ken Macintosh.

He adds: "The word 'scaremongering' has been flogged to death during the campaign, but the point I want to make is that people were genuinely scared."

He tells 'No' supporters not to "dwell in bitterness or resentment".

Ken Macintosh

Older voters - Your views

Wm Dickie emails: Real truth is older people have seen the difference in what politicians promise and what politicians, with the best will in the world, deliver.

Margaret Woodrow emails: I cannot believe the comments being made about older people voting NO in the referendum. We are as entitled as anyone to vote what we believed was the best option. I understand that some people are disappointed but please do not tear our country apart by making comments that at best are annoying and worst are hurtful.

'Bread and butter'

Jim Hume, Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, says some of Alex Salmond's comments after the referendum were "deeply unhelpful".

Now it is time to return to the "bread and butter" of politics, he says.

Jim Hume

'Little offered'

Marco Biagi, the SNP member for Edinburgh Central, says: "It is impossible to escape the conclusion that we have not got to a new constitutional arrangement."

He says the people of Scotland will "recognise how little has been offered", and predicts that "the independence question will come back".

Home Rule?

Roderick Campbell, the SNP MSP for North East Fife, says the Vow began with Gordon Brown talking about modern form of "Home Rule". He says that has since become "extensive powers" when discussed by Westminster leaders.

Votes for 16 and 17 year olds

During the Scottish Parliament debate, Alex Rowley, the Labour MSP for Cowdenbeath, calls for stronger local government and agrees that 16 and 17 year olds should have the vote in all elections.

Not a 'typical granny'

SNP MSP Christine Grahame pays tribute to the first minister for tolerating her "idiosyncratic moments" in this chamber.

Ms Grahame says she is not a "typical granny" and she would not want people to attack pensioners.

christine grahame

However, she says that while younger people got information from social media, older people were getting the bulk of their information from the mainstream and broadcast media.

She says they were subjected to scare stories on pensions and the economy.

'Freedom of expression'

Former Scottish Tory leader Annabel Goldie tells MSPs "democracy is underpinned by freedom of opinion and freedom of expression".

Annabel Goldie

She says voters have decisively endorsed the United Kingdom. That verdict must be heard, accepted and now we must move on, Ms Goldie says.

A political history...

Big changes are afoot at the UK's Parliament - but not for the first time.

By 1603, England and Scotland had the same king but different parliaments. King James tried to persuade the English Parliament to bring the Scottish Parliament into the fold. But English MPs refused to let any Scots into the Westminster club.

1603 Westminster pic

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the changes Parliament has seen over the past 900 years here.

The sky's the limit

Mark McDonald, SNP MSP for Aberdeen Donside, told the Holyrood debate on the independence referendum there was an eight-year-old girl in his constituency who gave Alex Salmond a note saying 'Thank you for fighting for my future'.

Mr McDonald says Molly's ambition had been to go to university to be an astronomer. "Her mum now tells me that her ambition is to grow up to be Nicola Sturgeon," he says.

Debunking voting myths?

Labour MSP for Dumbarton, Jackie Baillie, says she wants to debunk the myths about the way people voted.

She says that, while some Labour voters did vote for Yes, there were many SNP voters who voted No.

Ms Baillie says it's a myth to suggest more women voted Yes, adding that there have been some "frankly reprehensible" things said about the over-55s voting No.

English devolution

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SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson pays tribute Alex Salmond, whom he has known since the first minister was editor of the Free Student Press in the mid-70s.

Stewart Stevenson

Miliband: Cameron 'pandering' to UKIP

"If David Cameron cares so much about the Union, why is he seeking to divide us?" Ed Miliband asks.

"He's learning the wrong lessons from Scotland."

Mr Miliband claims that constitutional reform is "not about playing political tactics with England" and accuses the prime minister of "pandering" to UKIP.

Miliband on devolution

Ed Miliband says he wants to reform the House of Lords "so we truly have a senate of the nations and regions".

On English devolution, he commits to "devolving power to local government, bringing power closer to people right across England".

Labour leader Ed Miliband

He adds: "It's got to be led by the people. It can't be a Westminster stitch-up. That's why we need a proper constitutional convention."

Miliband: Labour will offer youth vote

Ed Miliband confirms Labour would give the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds, echoing Mr Salmond's earlier call.

"Friends, let's give a voice to these young people in our party. And let's give a voice to these young people in our democracy, let's give the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds and make them part of our democracy," he told the 2013 party conference in Brighton.

Young people's 'energy and engagement'

Annabelle Ewing, the SNP MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife tells MSPs that "hope" had underlined the enthusiasm, energy and engagement of the young people of Scotland.

She says the Scottish Parliament does not have the power to change the voting age at elections to 16 and she hopes the party leaders will bring that about.

Annabelle Ewing

Andy Murray - Your Views

Gary: Andy Murray is Scottish first and British second. The media, newspapers and TV commentators always says he is Scottish when he loses and British when he's winning. So leave the guy alone and get a life.

Jones: Wales at heart of debate

Carwyn Jones adds that changes in one part of the UK "affects the position in all the others".

Carwyn Jones
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"The prime minister said on Friday that he wants a balanced settlement, fair to people in Scotland and to everyone in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well."

He said that he wants Wales to be at the heart of the debate. I will hold him to that promise," he says.

'Power of capital'

Neil Findlay, Labour MSP for the Lothians, says the facts are that the majority of the electorate voted No.

"I fundamentally believe you do not challenge the power of capital by dividing along national lines," he says.

Mr Findlay says the SNP claimed to want a fairer society but the only redistributive policy it had was to reduce corporation tax for the richest business.

Jones: 'Status quo gone'

Carwyn Jones: "I spoke to the prime minister on Friday. I told him how much I - and most members of this Assembly - welcomed the positive choice that the people of Scotland have made: to remain part of the United Kingdom.

"But the status quo has gone. Events in Scotland have swept it away and there can be no going back to the way things were."

Carwyn Jones statement

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has been giving a statement to Assembly Members in Cardiff, where he has urged David Cameron to involve all members of the "UK family" in future talks on devolution.

He also urged the prime minister to ditch short-term "sticking plaster solutions", adding that he would hold the PM to his promise that he would put Wales at the heart of the debate.