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  1. Two candidates vying for deputy leadership of SNP
  2. They are Clackmannanshire & Dunblane MSP Keith Brown and Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie
  3. Police assess postal vote claims
  4. First Minister's Questions return at Holyrood

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By Thomas McGuigan, Gerry Holt, Marianne Taylor and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

And that is it from the latest Referendum Reaction blog. Tomorrow, we will have all the latest news and sport as we look forward to the Ryder Cup. Join the team from 08:00.

Holyrood or Westminster?

Andrew Black

Political reporter, BBC Scotland

Mr Hosie wants to ensure the SNP wins as many Westminster seats as possible in 2015, to send a strong message that Scotland is serious about gaining new devolved powers.

Mr Hosie further argues his and Ms Sturgeon's election as the SNP's new leadership team by party members provides a balance of "east/west, man/woman, and Holyrood/Westminster" at a time when the independence movement has attracted diverse support.

It's also worth remembering that whoever becomes SNP leader and first minister (the only current candidate being Ms Sturgeon) is expected to name a deputy first minister.

If an MSP (like Mr Brown) becomes deputy leader, it's likely to be him. If the job goes to an MP (like Mr Hosie), the new SNP leader (like Ms Sturgeon) could name her own deputy FM at Holyrood.

Finance Secretary John Swinney (who ruled himself out of any party leadership role) has been tipped for such a position.

Leadership contest

Andrew Black

Political reporter, BBC Scotland

And so we now have a competition for one of the top jobs in the SNP - that of the party's new deputy leader - with two candidates, one MSP and one MP, throwing their hats into the ring.

Both say their priority is ensuring Scotland gets as many new powers as possible following the independence referendum "No" vote, although each is approaching the argument from a different geographical perspective.

Former Royal Marine (and current transport minister) Keith Brown is up for the fight to succeed Nicola Sturgeon as deputy leader, with his pledge to ensure new Scottish Parliament powers are used in full.

Had Scotland voted for independence, Scottish MPs like Stewart Hosie would have been looking for a new job. As things have worked out, the SNP Treasury spokesman now has an eye on next year's Westminster poll.

An English Problem

Mr Farage added: "Suddenly, what the parties are facing, is an English problem they have got to find a solution to as well.

Nigel Farage

"I just don't see how they can solve the English problem with Mr Hague running a committee on the timetable that has been offered to Scotland. There are some really big problems."

'Scottish tail wagged the English dog'

Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, has promised to campaign for an English Parliament following last week's Scottish independence referendum.

Speaking to the BBC Scotland's Westminster correspondent David Porter, he said the "Scottish tail has wagged the English dog".

He said: "The result was the result and that was clear but so panicked were the Westminster three they have made a series of promises on a timetable for which it is very difficult to deliver, very difficult to satisfy the Scots to whom that promise has been made, and even more difficult to satisfy the English who have felt, for the last 17 or 18 years as this whole devolution debate has happened and progressed, felt increasingly ignored.

"It has been as if the Scottish tail has wagged the English dog."


Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

It was a day for citation. Mostly, of course, our tribunes cited the People of Scotland. But, occasionally, they turned to other, lesser sources.

Alex Salmond, representing the Ancien Régime (albeit voluntarily departing), suggested drily to Labour's Johann Lamont that she might usefully pay heed to voices apparently raised by members of her party at Westminster.

Johann Lamont

Well, when I say "raised" the customary fashion, these voices were actually behind-the-hand whispers, delivered anonymously to the wicked media.

They were, seemingly, less than supportive of Ms Lamont's leadership. Unaccountably, Mr Salmond seemed to feel she might have missed the comments - and needed an update.

Read Brian Taylor's full blog.

Brown for commission?

Glenn Campbell

BBC Scotland news

The Greens and the Labour Party are still to make their appointments. I just wonder if there might be a role for Gordon Brown in all of this, given that it was he who set out the rapid timetable for further devolution in the final stages of the referendum campaign.

He certainly promised to ensure that further devolution is delivered. Of course, he may prefer to pressure the commission from outside rather than taking up a seat around the commission table.

Swinney to be on Lord Smith's commission

John Swinney will be named as one of the SNP's two representatives on Lord Smith's cross-party devolution commission, BBC Scotland understands.

John Swinney

Mr Swinney, the finance secretary, will sit alongside the former Scottish Conservative leader, Baroness Goldie and the former Scottish secretary, Michael Moore, among others.

Hosie launches bid

Stuart Hosie

has tweeted: Delighted to launch my bid for
@theSNP deputy leadership. Nomination forms at"

A view from a Scot in England

Tony in Ipswich wrote: "As a Scot who joined the RAF in 1983, I have lived outside of Scotland for most of the time since. I am saddened, but not really surprised, that the Yes supporters are looking for someone to blame for the result. The blame, if there is any to be levied, should be on Alex Salmond and the lack of concrete facts they were able to provide to the electorate.

"There is also the disparate nature of the Yes voters: those who fervently want independence and would have it at any price; those who saw it as a way of ridding Scotland of nuclear weapons; those who wanted to give the "Tories a kicking"; those who see some kind of socialist utopia.

"The No voter just wanted something better but without divorce."

Your views

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Scott from Musselburgh: Dear No voter, Apologies for your inconvenience at heading for the polling booth last you can see we accept the referendum result, however political apathy won't be returning to us yessers and you'll most likely have to drag yourself out at least once in 2015 and again in 2016.

Lord Heseltine on Salmond

Britain's former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has suggested the SNP has benefitted from the economic hardship experienced by many people during the recession.

Speaking to BBC Hardtalk, the senior Conservative was discussing the emergence of Ukip as a party.

Michael Heseltine

He said: "Seven or eight years of real hard economic pounding. That has created a massive disenchantment because the nation's politicians have not been able to deliver miracles.

"There were no miracles to deliver but the fact is it has created massive public disenchantment - not just in this country. You have got Le Pen in France, you had Salmond in Scotland. It is all the same sort of stuff of frustration."

Your Referendum Emails

Jim in Glasgow wrote: Stop this ridiculous claim that "No" voters were conned. We were not conned which is why we voted "No". Only 38% of the Scottish electorate voted for independence. The other 62% clearly didn't want to break from the UK. Even in Dundee 45%, Glasgow 40%, North Lanarkshire 43% and West Dumbarton 48% not one of these areas polled over half of the electorate for "Yes".

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David in Glasgow: Why can people not accept the result of a democratic vote? On the 18th September, two million people voted NO and 1.6 million voted YES. Irrespective of what "bribes" either side offered, the people spoke. Let's get on with our lives and ensure the promises given by both sides are fulfilled.

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Scott from Coatbridge in reply to Bob (15:08): As a Yes supporter I object to being called a thug. The No vote won on the day and I hope that it works out for us all but with 45% of the voters opting for independence we can't just be ignored, and told its the settled will of the country when clearly we are a nation divided.

Trang, Grassmarket: To call the SNP and Yes voters thugs is a disgrace. The only violence I saw associated with the referendum campaign was a Yes voter being beaten up by No supporters after a concert at the Usher Hall, and then the unforgivable behaviour of pro-unionists in Glasgow in the days after the result. Stop using such inflammatory and misleading language, please.

Your referendum views

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Graham in Paisley: Why should all us YES voters suddenly down tools and walk away from something we believe in. We are entitled to carry on with our aspirations. That's what happens in a Democracy. Just because you got beat, you don't give up.

'Nominate Salmond'


Glasgow Conservative Councillor David Meikle

tweets: Now he's got time on his hands, SNP should go radical and nominate Alex Salmond to Smith Commission. Liven it up.

Lamont: 'I'm staying'

Johann Lamont has insisted she will remain Scottish Labour leader, despite claims her position was under threat.

She told MSPs at Holyrood she would be doing her job when Alex Salmond, who is standing down as first minister and SNP leader, was "long gone".

Johann Lamont

Her comments came during the first session of first minister's questions since the referendum.

As we reported earlier, Mr Salmond said he had read claims that there were several "anointed successors" to Ms Lamont.

Video - Sheridan

Earlier today, independence campaigner Tommy Sheridan spoke to the Daily Politics programme about the referendum result.

Tommy Sheridan

Watch as he discusses big business, the role of the BBC, and his view on the future of Scotland.

Support for Sturgeon


Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

tweeted: Delighted to have the support of my Glasgow City Council colleagues.

Glasgow SNP back Sturgeon

The Evening Times

The entire Glasgow SNP council group have unanimously decided to support the current deputy's bid for party leadership, the newspaper reports.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Glasgow City Council opposition leader, confirmed the decision to endorse Ms Sturgeon.

Read the full story in the Evening Times.

Your views

Bob emailed: Some people can not lose gracefully. I see NO need for another referendum - is this going to become like the EU - keep voting until the Yes people get what they want. The majority have spoken loud and clear - the SNP have sold people a pig in a poke or at least tried to and their thugs can no accept the result.

Alan, Perthshire: It would be folly for the SNP to accept "pig in poke" extra powers - only the wide range of devolved powers "offered" by Gordon Brown to influence no voters, will suffice. If not, there should be a re-run on a level playing field, without the "orchestrated" unholy alliance of Westminster and Holyrood opposition politicians, the City and their business/investment friends and the biased mass media, press and TV.

Ukip donor on English referendum

The Scotsman

A UKIP donor has called for an English referendum on ejecting Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom, reports the newspaper.

Property investor Andrew Perloff, chairman of Hertfordshire-based real estate firm Panther Securities, said Scotland's rejection of independence came as no surprise given that UK taxpayers "contribute £1,600 per year per person... to these malcontents".

Read the full story on the newspaper's website

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BBC Two Scotland

tweets: We saw the hashtag all the time during the referendum but how real is #bbcbias? We'll discuss tonight on #scotland2014

Referendum - Your Views

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T, Edinburgh: It is difficult to accept a result when there was no level playing field and the British media did not report the facts in a fair manner. However, Alex Salmond has been exemplary in his attitude, before, during and since the referendum. His interests have always been what is best for Scotland. All you No voters who trusted self-serving Westminster should think about that.

Gavin: I get the impression that the SNP do not want these extra powers and will hinder the progress leading to a breakdown. They will then use this as an excuse to hold another referendum citing the vow had been broken.

Referendum - Get Involved

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LM of Edinburgh: There's a risk that more powers are not devolved to Scotland because the SNP refuses to engage in sensible discussions about it and blocks what's on offer. The 55% who voted No, some of whom want additional devolved powers, will see that as cutting off Scotland's nose to spite its face. The SNP need to accept the result.

Referendum - Your Views

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Nicola, Glasgow: A Yes viewpoint: to all those 'No' supporters who are fed up of us Yes voters banging on about the result, have you ever thought if the result was 'Yes', would you 55% just be getting on with it now? I don't think you would be, you would all be up in arms and in cahoots with your 'London Government!' Also I would like to question how trustworthy are the postal votes full stop?!

Lib Dem devolution move

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie, has appointed two representatives to

Lord Smith's commission on further devolution to Holyrood.

The party will be represented by former Scottish secretary Michael Moore and Tavish Scott, the former leader of the party in Scotland.

Michael Moore (left) and Tavish Scott

The Conservatives have asked former party leader Annabel Goldie and Professor Adam Tompkins to serve on the commission.

All five political parties in the Scottish Parliament have been asked to participate. Deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has confirmed that the SNP will take part, although the party continues to support independence.

Referendum - Get Involved

Jim in Dunblane: So, nothing new from the Scottish Government for three more months. Add this to the previous two-and-a-half years of inactivity while they focused on the Referendum, and the SNP will have frittered away a complete Parliament. We really didn't need those two wasted years of horrible, polarised and ill-informed debate forced on us by both sides.

Can we please have a constructive and sensible debate on the powers we need here to make better progress in Scotland without the major economic damage of separation - the real debate that should have started in 2012. Or is wallowing in pointless post-indyref gloating or bitterness more important to many folk? Does anyone care about the real interests and well-being of all of Scotland?

Referendum - Your Views

Gary McAlonan: As an SNP voter, we have to take stock of last week's vote and accept the will of the people. But the SNP should take stock and pull better resources together and get answers to the main issues that lost the "Yes" vote like currency, pensions, savings, defence and job creation.

If another vote happened any time soon I believe people would still vote the same way. The SNP have to take a breath and adopt a more pro-active approach to getting business, banking, and national media on their side. If they get a consensus with these sectors then go for it - at least it would give us a level playing field against the Better Together propaganda machine.

'Extensive powers'

Mr Collins says he believes new powers for Scotland "will probably be very extensive" and they will be delivered.

"It would be ridiculous not to redeem the promise made. It has to happen."

'Severe threat to Labour'

Philip Collins, of the Times newspaper, told the Daily Politics he doesn't agree that Labour have lost these areas forever but "there is a severe threat to Labour in Scotland" and that is one of the outcomes of the referendum.

He says he thinks the doubts there will be another referendum quickly and the feeling on independence will "get weaker".

"To patronise everyone as if the Scottish people were duped... is really patronising," he says.

First Minister's Questions - Your Views

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Lew in Edinburgh: During First Minister's Questions, Alex Salmond came across as very bitter man, being aggressive to all the opposition leaders. If he continues like this he will lose a lot of the people who have just joined his party.

Sheridan: Labour finished in Scotland

He says the blue Tories and the red Tories - referring to Labour - are "finished in Scotland".


"They may have won this particular battle but they've lost the war," he adds.

"They've lost Glasgow, they've lost Dundee, they've lost West Dumbarton - they've lost traditional Labour areas that will never vote Labour again."

Sheridan: Media should have done more

Mr Sheridan says: "Everyone is entitled to have an opinion and have their say - but they're not entitled to threaten people that they will lose their jobs if they vote Yes, which is what they did. That's a disgrace.

"You guys in the media should have done more to point that out."

He adds the BBC's coverage of the referendum did not cover the broadcaster in glory, adding it "backed Britain".

Sheridan: I accept indyref vote

Former MSP Tommy Sherdian tells the Daily Politics he accepts the outcome of the referendum.

"Of course you have to accept it - it was a democratic election unfortunately interfered with by a lot of big businesses who tried to bully and intimidate people and tried to frighten them."

Get Involved

David Francis: With SNP membership now well on the way to 60,000, and having easily surpassed that of the Lib Dems as the third largest political party in the UK, it is very clear that they are now very well placed to both greatly increase their number of MPs at the 2015 Westminster election and also increase their overall government majority in the 2016 Scottish Election.

If Scottish voters give the SNP dramatically enhanced support in both these elections, based on a manifesto of continuing to seek independence, it will be very obvious that the matter is very much still alive with Scots. When the "Vow" falls to bits (as it will), many No voters will realise that they have simply been conned by Westminster and will switch away from the main unionist parties.

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FMQs ends

That concludes today's First Minister's Questions at Holyrood, where Alex Salmond clashed with other party leaders following last week's referendum result.

Tackling golf handicap...

Asked whether he will spend his retirement playing golf, the FM says he is looking forward enormously to playing the game as often as possible.

He says Conservative hopes that he will "disappear" will prove "as disappointing as future election results in Scotland will be to them".