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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

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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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SNP party leader announcement

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Credit: PA

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is likely to be confirmed as the new SNP party leader later today.

Any member wishing to stand against Ms Sturgeon has until 4pm today to declare their intention to stand.

Sturgeon will replace Alex Salmond who announced he was stepping down in the wake of Scots rejecting independence in last month's referendum.

Constance enters SNP Deputy leader contest

A third MSP has entered the contest to succeed Nicola Sturgeon as the Deputy leader of the SNP Party. It follows Alex Salmond's decision to step down from the top job.

Angela Constance announced today she would join Keith Brown and Stewart Hosie in the race for the role. The MSP for Almond Valley is standing on a platform of continuing the fight for Scottish independence.

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