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Alex Salmond has just started his speech addressing the SNP party conference about Scotland's future.
In it the First Minister has called the 'Yes' campaign 'laughable'.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also been speaking at the SNP party conference.
She spoke of the independence referendum as being the 'beginning of a better future' for Scotland:
The SNP party conference began today in Aberdeen.
Party leader Alex Salmond used the occasion to rally his troops ahead of the Scottish Independence vote in September.
Our Political Editor Peter MacMahon is at the conference and met with the First Minister:
SNP is holding its party conference in Aberdeen this weekend.
It's a chance for the First Minister and party leader Alex Salmond to rally his troops ahead of the Scottish Independence vote in September.
Our Political Editor Peter MacMahon is at the conference. He sent us this report following Alex Salmond's speech earlier today.
Alex Salmond will open the SNP party conference later today. MSPs from across the country are heading to Aberdeen for the meeting.
The party's deputy leader, Nicola Sturgeon will also speak at the event. It's the last meeting of it's scale before the independence vote in September.
The Scottish Government are seeking views about the docking of dogs tails.
Animal welfare groups want a ban on docking to remain, but gamekeepers say it causes the dogs more harm.
David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, has expressed concern for rural businesses in Scotland after a report showed they pay additional postage costs.
The report, issued by Citizens Advice Scotland, showed that additional charges are added based on geographic location.
– David Mundell, MP
“Businesses in rural areas such as Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale are already facing challenges through their location, without having unreasonable extra charges thrust upon them. I wholly support this CAS report...and call on these companies involved to also take note of and meet its recommendations.”
The report found that:
- Almost nine out of ten businesses regularly faced an additional surcharge for delivery due to their geographic location
- 76%, a total of more than 15,000, felt the costs of ordering items online had a ‘substantial impact’ on their business
- 80% of respondents regularly encountered that surcharges were imposed, due to their location, on orders that stated 'free delivery'
The MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, has expressed concern after a recent report showed high delivery charges to rural businesses in Scotland.
David Mundell MP said the report, published by Citizens Advice Scotland, showed that rural businesses had additional postal charges applied to their orders, even when 'free delivery' is advertised.