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Lamont pays tribute to Salmond's 'lifetime passion'

Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont has paid tribute to Alex Salmond and the Scottish National Party after the referendum result.

Johann Lamont speaking after the referendum result.

She said: "We should recognise the achievement of Alex Salmond - his lifetime passion getting to a point where this decision was made democratically with a massive turnout and a massive engagement of the people of Scotland."

Lamont added that the two parties would have to work together to ensure change in Scotland following the result.

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Scotland votes 'No' in historic independence referendum

After two years of campaigning, passion and uncertainty, Scotland decided to stay in the United Kingdom.

Despite the neck-and-neck polls in the last few weeks, the result was No - by a ten per cent margin.

45 percent of voters said Yes - but 55 per cent said No to independence.

In the South of Scotland, there was a clear rejection.

Kathryn Sampson looks back at the last 24 hours.

Darling: Alex Salmond was 'a formidable political figure'

Alistair Darling, speaking earlier today Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Alistair Darling has praised Alex Salmond for the "huge contribution he has made to public life in Scotland." The leader of the Better Together campaign was speaking after the Scottish First Minister made the announcement he will step down in November.

"Alex Salmond is a formidable political figure. He transformed the SNP into a party of government and delivered their referendum on independence which they had craved so long. "Today he has accepted Scotland's verdict, recognising that it is for others in his party to take the SNP forward. "He has rightly said that the referendum was a once-in-a-lifetime event and that we all need to work to bring Scotland together. "He can look back with pride on being the longest-serving First Minister and to the huge contribution he has made to public life in Scotland. I wish him well in the future."

– Alistair Darling MP

More reaction to no vote in Dumfries and Galloway

The referendum gave sixteen and seventeen year olds their first chance to vote.

At Dumfries Academy this morning young people had mixed reactions to the result.

While older voters at a day centre in Annan were also divided as to whether the decision to remain in the UK was best for Scotland.

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Dumfriesshire MP 'predicted' Salmond's departure

David Mundell, the MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale has tweeted that Alex Salmond was a "consummate politician."

He also used the social media forum to tell his followers that he had predicted Salmond's exit earlier in the day.

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PM: Salmond 'a politician of huge talent and passion'

Prime Minister David Cameron has called Alex Salmond "a politician of huge talent and passion" after the First Minister announced he was stepping down.

He has been an effective First Minister and always fights his corner.

While we disagree profoundly about his goal of a separated Scotland, and many other things, I respect and admire his huge contribution to politics and public life.

– Prime Minister David Cameron

Salmond's exit will help 'country to come back together'

Alex Salmond was right to resign from his post, and his resignation will allow the "country to come back together", according to the leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

Ruth Davidson pictured speaking earlier this year Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ruth Davidson released a statement this afternoon acknowledging the politician's efforts in the independence referendum, and expressing hope for the future of the country.

“Alex Salmond has been the dominant figure in Scottish politics for the last seven years. “No-one can dispute his political achievements, nor fail to acknowledge his political gifts. “He has done the right thing in resigning. “While the referendum campaign has been hugely invigorating, by its very nature it has divided too. “His decision to step down will help our country come back together again. “I am pleased that the First Minister says he will continue to serve in Scottish politics. “Scotland will benefit from his experience and service as we move forward."

– Ruth Davidson MSP

Man given four and half years for gun-threat offence

Nicky Horsfall, aged 31 has been sentenced to four and a half years Credit: Cumbria Police

A man from Cumbria has been jailed for four and a half years for offences including threatening a man with a replica gun.

Nicky Horsfall, aged 31 from Hillcrest, Northside Road, Workington was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today.

He had admitted threatening a man with a gun and shouting racial abuse at his victim an earlier hearing.

The incident happened on Northside Road in Workington in the early hours of 12th October 2013.

Horsfall had confronted his 24-year-old victim with a black hand gun and had racially abused him during the incident, in which he also ordered him to knee on the floor.

He was later identified from the description given by his victim.

He was also tried for the possession of indecent images and extreme pornography.

“This was a very distressing ordeal for the victim who was in genuine fear for his life. On examination of the gun, which was located at Horsfall’s home address, it was discovered to be a replica. However it was still used in a threatening way to scare and frighten someone.”

– DC Andy Yoxall
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