SNP reveals independence vision

The SNP will set out its vision for an independent Scotland at a special referendum rally today. The event will feature contributions from Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond which will close the party's annual conference in Perth.

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Yes campaigner attacks 'war-mongers and job-cutters'

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:

Vote Yes and we can say enough to the remote House of Commons and the ridiculous House of Lords. Enough of the war-mongers and the job-cutters; enough of the asset-strippers and mortgage-flippers; enough of the welfare-bashers and the bedroom-taxers.

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Salmond: England and Scotland would still be 'buddies'

First Minister Alex Salmond said England and Scotland would still be "close neighbours and great buddies" if his country was granted independence.

Alex Salmond has been campaigning for Scottish independence. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

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."

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Scottish government 'trusted over Westminster'

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:

Even the most bitter opponents of independence now accept that we could be a successful independent country - the debate now is that we need to be independent because people who live in Scotland will take far better decisions for Scotland on the economy, welfare, pensions and defence than politicians at Westminster ever can.

SNP to reveal its vision for an independent Scotland

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.

Party Leader Alex Salmond delivers his address to the Scottish National Party conference in Perth Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

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.

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