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SNP: Cameron 'attempting to undermine Scottish Parliament'

First Minister, and SNP Party Leader, Nicola Sturgeon Credit: PA

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has criticised David Cameron's proposed "Carlisle principle", which will see the impact of Scottish devolution reviewed yearly.

The Leader of the SNP said it's an attempt to "undermine the Scottish Parliament", at her party's manifesto launch in Edinburgh:

Let me say this to David Cameron - we will oppose any effort to undermine the Scottish Parliament."

– First Minister Nicola Sturgeon


Borders independence campaigner bids to become MP

Scottish independence campaigner Calum Kerr is aiming to become an MP for the Borders. Credit: Calum Kerr

One of the region's leading Scottish independence campaigners is aiming to become an MP for the Borders at the General Election next May.

Calum Kerr was Chair of the Yes Scottish Borders campaign in the run-up to the Independence referendum.

He's now won the SNP's nomination for the party's Berwickshire branch, and has thrown his hat into the ring for the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk seat at the 2015 election.

If nominated, he will be taking on the constituency’s sitting Lib Dem MP, former Scottish Secretary Michael Moore.

“As a Borderer, I’m absolutely delighted at being nominated for this seat and being offered the opportunity to represent this beautiful and vibrant corner of Scotland and the fantastic and proud people who live and work here.

“I believe that the SNP has a real chance of winning Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk. We’re in hugely confident form after achieving a remarkable 45 per cent vote in the referendum and our party membership has gone from 25,000 to more than 92,000 since September.

“If we can send enough SNP MPs to Westminster in May, we can make sure that our voice is heard, that Gordon Brown’s Vow is delivered and that we can create a better Borders in a stronger Scotland.”

– Calum Kerr, SNP Prospective Candidate

Alex Salmond: 'No ambition to lead SNP Westminster group'

Alex Salmond no planning to lead SNP at Westminster Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Alex Salmond says he has no ambition to lead the SNP Group at Westminster after declaring he is standing to become an MP.

The former First Minister is hoping to represent the Gordon seat in Aberdeenshire, which includes part of his current Holyrood constituency.

Mr Salmond stepped down as First Minister and the leader of the SNP party last month, after the Scottish people voted "no" in the independence referendum.

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


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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