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Sturgeon: 'Burning something you disagree with is unacceptable'

The SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said that the setting fire to the Smith report, "because you disagree with it" is not acceptable.

Levels of engagement in politics have never been higher and the passionate argument and debate which characterised the referendum has been inspiring.

Many people are disappointed with the result of the referendum and the level of devolution recommended by the Smith Commission, however Scotland will only make progress if we debate our views openly and with respect.

It is essential that in that debate, conduct does not fall short of the high standard that is rightly expected by the public. My clear view is that setting fire to something because you don’t agree with it is not acceptable behaviour.

– Nicola Sturgeon, SNP leader

SNP Councillors suspended over Smith report burning

Four SNP Councillors in Renfrewshire have been suspended from the party after they were filmed burning copies of the Smith report on Scottish Devolution.

I have written to the Convener of the party's Disciplinary Committee, making a complaint against the four individuals concerned, and the four will be suspended from the party until that complaint is heard.

– Patrick Grady, SNP National Secretary

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SNP Councillors burn Smith report on Scottish Devolution

A group of SNP councillors have burned copies of the Smith Commission report on Scottish Devolution.

The stunt was filmed outside Renfrewshire Council's headquarters and video was shared on YouTube.

SNP Councillor Will Mylet posted the video on Youtube. He later removed the footage but it has since been re-published online by Youtube user Keith Grahame.

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Labour reveals devolution plans for Scotland

Scotland should control two-fifths of its own revenues with the power to raise taxes on the rich, according to Labour.

The party has unveiled the long-awaited findings of its Devolution Commission in Edinburgh.

The Scottish Parliament should raise around 40% of its own revenues, around £2 billion more than the most recent Scotland Act.

The Scotland Act will give Holyrood control over more tax raising powers in exchange for a 10p in the pound cut in the block grant, but Labour believes this should be extended to 15p - giving Scotland control of three quarters of the basic rate of income tax.

Better Together Campaign offers "positive vision" for union

The leader of the Better Together campaign and former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling said he was offering a "positive vision" for staying the UK.

On the day of the six-month countdown to the referendum, Mr Darling added that independence would bring "huge risks".

"What the last few weeks have shown is that leaving the UK would create huge risks and cost jobs in Scotland.

"On what would replace the Pound, how our pensions would be paid and what would happen to our membership of the EU, leaving the UK would be a big leap in the dark.

"This is what Scotland's largest employers are saying. From Standard Life to Shell, and from RBS to the shipyard owners on the Clyde, walking away from the UK means people in Scotland would lose their job. That's the price of independence. It's a risk that we simply don't have to take."

– Leader Better Together Campaign Alistair Darling

Deputy First Minister sets out "compelling reasons" to vote for independence

The Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set out what she claims are six "compelling reasons" in favour of independence to mark the milestone that it's six months to the Scottish Referendum.

She argues an independent Scotland would create more jobs, spend tax revenues on "Scotland's priorities", protect public services, "guarantee we get governments we vote for", set up an oil fund and have a retirement age in line with Scotland's circumstances.

"The referendum is a choice between taking Scotland's future into Scotland's hands or leaving our future in the hands of an out-of-touch Westminster establishment.

"The No campaign call themselves Project Fear but we have seen a move to Project Threat in recent days with increasingly over-the-top comments.

"So it's no wonder that support for Yes continues to advance in the polls while the No campaign has stalled - with a swing of only around 5% now needed to secure a Yes vote in September."

– Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
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