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The head of the official Scottish independence campaign has attacked "smears" from the no campaign and launched a broadside at politicians in Westminster as he attempted to drum up support for separation.
Yes Scotland chief Blair Jenkins, addressing the SNP Conference in Perth, said:
First Minister Alex Salmond said England and Scotland would still be "close neighbours and great buddies" if his country was granted independence.
He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "You don't change geography by changing where power lies, England and Scotland will still be close neighbours, great buddies, the Queen will be head of state.
"We'll co-operate together in all sorts of things, including as, I hope and believe, as members of the European Union."
Mr Salmond also said: "Of course (the issue of) identity is very, very important to people, it is also a question of where best Scotland should be governed from and where people trust the government of Scotland to be.
"I think the majority of people in Scotland trust the government in Edinburgh...to operate in Scottish interests and a very small minority of people trust the United Kingdom government."
He added: "Our task over the next year, of course, is to say look if it's the Scottish government that's trusted to deal with Scottish issues then that is where power should reside."
The referendum rally will be setting out the vision of a better Scotland with the powers of an independent country, the SNP will say today, as it continues to press for a yes vote. SNP campaigns director director Angus Robertson said:
The SNP will set out its vision for an independent Scotland at a special referendum rally today. The event, which will feature contributions from both Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and his Deputy Nicola Sturgeon, will close the party's annual conference in Perth.
A number of groups campaigning for a Yes vote in next year's referendum will also have the chance to address activists.
SNP campaigns director director Angus Robertson will also update Nationalists on the latest technology being used in the battle for Scotland's future, outlining details of the 'Yesmo' smart phone app.
Alex Salmond has said that an SNP government would ensure that the minimum wage rises by the rate of inflation "at the very least".
"Never again will wages of the lowest paid in Scotland fail to keep up with the cost of living," he said.
Alex Salmond has promised that "an SNP government would bring the Royal Mail back into public hands".
Alex Salmond has pledged that one of the first actions of an independent Scottish government would be to "scrap the Bedroom Tax".
He compared the opposition to the so-called Bedroom Tax to that against the Poll Tax, and said it was a "symbol of why independence is necessary".
Alex Salmond has thrown down the gauntlet to David Cameron, saying: "You and I must debate, Prime Minister to First Minister [of Scotland]."
He added: "The choice is yours, step up to the plate or step out of the debate."
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Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has pledged to reveal details of his plans for independence next month, 10 months before a referendum