SNP are 'fired up and optimistic' says ITV Border's Political Editor Peter MacMahon
A look at the highlights from the Scottish Cabinet's two day visit to Hawick in the Scottish Borders.
Nicola Sturgeon used her speech on the final day of the SNP conference in Perth to launch an attack the UK government's welfare reforms.
ITV Border's Political Editor, Peter MacMahon, is at the Scottish National Party Conference.
He gives us his analysis of day one in Perth:
Alex Salmond has set out the case for independence he believes will win over the Scottish people in the referendum in September.
The SNP leader told his party conference in Perth that trust was the key to winning a 'Yes' vote.
Mr Salmond said surveys showed that the electorate trusted the SNP in the devolved government of Scotland at Holyrood and that would form the basis of their case for independence.
The SNP leader attacked what he called "Project Fear" a name he claimed the 'No' campaign had given itself.
"The only thing people have to fear is Project Fear itself", he told SNP delegates.
He added that the people of Scotland would vote for the "hope" of a 'Yes' vote over the "fear" of the No campaign.
The SNP's approach is to try to convince the around a third of voters who they believe are undecided on independence.
However, the other three main political parties in Scotland - Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Tories - will dispute Mr Salmond's analysis.
They will point to what they say are the consistent polling figures which show that a majority of Scots will vote against leaving the United Kingdom.
It is clear that Mr Salmond has begun the process of setting out the key argument over independence.
We await a detailed response from his political opponents, but battle has been joined.
First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Alex Salmond opened the party's 79th Annual National Conference by saying that the case for Yes would be won on the basis that people trust the Scottish Parliament rather than Westminster to make the best decisions for Scotland.
"Next September the 18th is Scotland's date with destiny, the biggest opportunity the people of this country have ever had - the opportunity to choose independence and a better future for Scotland.
"I believe that people will choose the hope of a Yes vote, rather than the fear offered by No. And no-one now denies the reality that Scotland has got what it takes to be a successful, independent country.
"We know that 'Project Fear' - as people in the No campaign christened it - will say anything to talk down Scotland's abilities.
"They peddle nonsense such as mobile phone roaming charges after independence, the threat to annex Faslane, no whisky in embassies! - nonsense which even they are forced to retract.
"But people in the No campaign cannot deny the economic viability and potential of people-talented, resource-rich Scotland. And how could they:
“Per head of population, Scotland has more top universities than any other country.
“We are the largest oil producer in the European Union, and have a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind and tidal resource.
– First Minister Alex Salmond
“We have huge success in life science innovation, and a thriving creative industries sector.
“We have a quality food and drink industry aiming to turnover £16,000 million a year, and our astounding natural beauty and heritage support a tourism industry which employs nearly 200,000 people.
"When even the most bitter opponents of Scottish independence agree that Scotland has got what it takes, then it's clear that the only thing people have to fear is 'Project Fear' itself.
The conference slogan this year is 'FORWARD'.
"The SNP are in great heart, and looking forward to a fantastic conference. After over six years in government, our support is still at similar levels as the 2011 Scottish Parliament election landslide - and we look forward to winning the positive case for Yes and independence in the months ahead."
"The incompetence and cruelty of the Bedroom Tax - and the soaring number of people dependent on food banks in resource-rich Scotland - show why we cannot afford to leave powers over welfare, the economy and pensions in Westminster's hands.
– Derek Mackay, Business Convener, Scottish National Party
"The SNP are continuing to deliver on the people's policies - such as the Council Tax freeze, no tuition fees, free personal care, and a health service free at the point of need for all.
"Our positive case as a party is built on this positive record of achievement - which we look forward to developing at our conference and beyond."
The 79th Annual SNP Conference gets underway today.
Around 1,200 delegates are expected at the four day event in Perth.
50 international diplomats are attending - including representatives from the US, China and Qatar.
This will be the party's last Autumn conference before the independence vote next year.
Alex Salmond will deliver his key speech on Saturday.
Scotland's First Minister came under fire today over the potential loss of police station counters.
As we reported in last night's Lookaround, sites across the South of Scotland have been earmarked for closure, to save money.
Alex Salmond says the proposals are aimed at using officers more efficiently and opponents say that local people will lose out.
Kathryn Samson has the full report below.
There is exactly one year to go until the historic vote on Scottish Independence.
Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond and Scottish Secretary, Michael Moore have both said that the referendum on September 18 next year represents the opportunity of a lifetime.
"Today marks one year to the biggest opportunity Scotland has ever had. Referendums like this are a once-in-a-generation event which means the vote on September 18 next year will be the opportunity of a lifetime for many people in Scotland, as we get the chance to choose our country's future.
– First Minster Alex Salmond, Speaking before a debate at the Scottish Parliament on Scotland's Future
"Scotland can more than afford to be a successful independent country. We have enormous advantages in terms of our human and natural resources, but we need the political and economic tools to help create a wealthier and fairer society.
"This referendum is not about any one politician or party. It is about completing Scotland's home rule journey which has been under way for more than a century."