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Alex Salmond made it clear in his speech at the SNP party conference that now all roads lead to the referendum in 2014.
And it seemed that a triumphant party was right behind him.
ITV news Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward reports from Perth:
Alex Salmond, Scotland's first minister, said in a speech at the SNP conference: "It is past time for a fresh start for our nation, when opportunities will be seized and not lost. When our resources will be harnessed for the common wheel and not squandered.
"We'll use our wealth to nurture and not destroy. We seek independence for a reason. It is not for me, not for this party, it is for a new opportunity for every person in Scotland.
"Independence is about family and future. It is for a more equal Scotland and the opportunity to change our nation for good. To reach a flourishing green economy a fair society, a chance of a better society. What greater prizes can there be for any nation?
"Scotland's time is coming. Our home rule journey is coming to its conclusion. Together we say yes to Scotland and to independence."
Alex Salmond has attacked the combined 'No campaign' of the Conservative and Labour parties.
At the SNP conference in Perth, the First Minister has said,
"Labour were the party which brought the country to its financial knees unites with the Tories, the party of omnishambles to collectively tell Scotland that we are incapable of running our country. The message is clear enough - abandon hope all you who vote vote no."
Labour has narrowed the gap with the SNP to five points, according to a new poll by Ipsos Mori. Among those certain to vote:
- 40% will vote SNP, down 5 points
- 35% will vote Labour, up 3 points
- 13% will vote Conservative, up 1 point
- 8% will vote Liberal Democrats, up 2 points
An new Ipsos Mori polls shows that support for Scottish independence has fallen since Alex Salmond and David Cameron agreed to a 2014 referendum.
- 30% think Scotland should be an independent country, down 5 points
- 58% of Scots say they would vote 'No' in the referendum, up 3 points
- 12% of Scots are undecided, up 2 points
The four-day conference will focus on the opportunities the SNP believe independence will bring Scotland, with Nationalists seeking to contrast these with the consequences of remaining part of the UK.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond is set to give a welcome address when the conference kicks off later.
Scots will vote for independence when the referendum is held in two years' time, the country's Deputy First Minister is expected to say later.
Nicola Sturgeon is due to speak out as the Scottish National Party (SNP) annual conference was getting under way in Perth.
It comes days after First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron signed a deal which will deliver a legally binding referendum on independence in 2014.
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Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has told SNP activists the "nonsense" of Scotland being governed by Westminster will end in 2014.