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Westminster 'squandering Scottish oil revenue'

The participants are debating the future of North Sea oil and whether an independent Scotland's economy would be better off.

North Sea oil Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Nicola Sturgeon gets the first big clap of the evening, saying: "If Douglas is right and we are overly dependent on oil and we're too poor to be independent, how has this resource-rich country got into that state?

"That's something wrong with how we're being governed. It's not an argument to stay the same, it's an argument for change."

She accuses Westminster of squandering "much of our oil wealth over the last 40 years".

Sturgeon kicks off with NHS and nuclear weapons

The deputy leaders of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, is kicking off the live debate with an opening statement on behalf of the Yes Scotland campaign.

Nicola Sturgeon

"We are now just days from our chance to make history ... this debate has captured Scotland's imagination," she says.

"Only a Yes vote will guarantee an NHS in public hands and publicly funded, only Yes will rid Scotland of nuclear weapons, only Yes will give us the powers to create jobs and a fair society," she adds.


Sturgeon attends memorial service for Clutha victims

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Labour MP Jim Murphy and local council leader Gordon Matheson have joined hundreds of people at a memorial service for the 10 people who died in the Clutha helicopter crash.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke to ambulance workers outside St Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Shadow International Development Secretary Jim Murphy joined family members, friends and community leaders at the memorial. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
David Mundell MP (left) and Glasgow City Council Leader Gordon Matheson (right) also paid their respects at the service. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Police and fire service chiefs Alasdair Hay (left) and Sir Stephen House (right) both gave readings.

Scottish Government: CBI report is 'one-sided'

A spokesman for Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

Unfortunately, this paper misrepresents the realities of independence in several key respects - an independent Scotland will still enjoy barrier-free trade with the rest of the UK, which is in everyone's interest - and the only serious threat to our membership of the EU is Westminster's proposed in-out referendum.

The CBI recognises the Scottish economy has key strengths - and that we are one of the wealthiest countries per head in the world.

But for some reason this one-sided report ignores the positive impact of growth policies in Scotland's Future, such as giving Scottish business a competitive tax advantage, cutting air passenger duty, a sensible immigration policy, plans to transform childcare and grow the working population, increase the number of women on company boards and a range of levers necessary to counter the massively unbalanced nature of Westminster economic policy-making which favours London and the south-east of England.

PM accused of 'bribing' Scotland with power boost talk

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Conservatives have "no mandate" to "inflict pain on people across Scotland". Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused of attempting to "bribe the people of Scotland into voting No" in the referendum with "talk of more powers" while offering "no firm proposals".

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Mr Cameron's address at the Scottish Conservative party conference had "torn up any prospect of a meaningful offer of further powers to Scotland, confirming that a No vote offers no firm proposals".

She added: "In a speech that contained half-hearted, vague suggestions of what might happen, Cameron's reluctance to commit to anything spoke volumes.

"Indeed, the only reason the Tories are even talking about more powers is to attempt to bribe the people of Scotland into voting No - but it is unravelling fast."

Nicola Sturgeon: David Cameron 'cowardly'

David Cameron is "cowardly" for encouraging unity from London and not debating Scottish independence in Edinburgh, the deputy first minister of Scotland has said.

Nicola Sturgeon said the speech was a sign of the "jitters" running through the No vote camp.

This is a cowardly speech from a prime minister who uses the Olympic Park in London to give high-handed lectures against Scotland's independence but hasn't got the guts to come to Scotland or anywhere else to make his case in a head-to-head debate.

David Cameron, as the Tory Prime Minister, is the very embodiment of the democratic case for a Yes vote for an independent Scotland - and he knows it....

A Yes vote will put Scotland's future in Scotland's hands, and will mean we will never again have to endure Tory governments, prime ministers and policies we didn't vote for.

– Nicola Sturgeon


Sturgeon: Impossible to imagine the grief of bereaved

Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that the thoughts of "everybody across Scotland" are with the bereaved.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attends a press conference in Glasgow Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

She said: "It is impossible to imagine the grief and loss they are experiencing but they should know that the thoughts and prayers of everybody across Scotland are with them at this unimaginably difficult time.

"Our thoughts are also with those who remain in hospital. We all hope and pray that those who have suffered injuries make a full and speedy recovery ...

"The police are not just dealing with a very complex incident, they are also dealing with the loss of colleagues, which makes this situation all the more difficult for them."

Deputy First Minister pays tribute to people of Glasgow

Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has paid tribute to the emergency and health workers, and to the people of Glasgow, who helped deal with last night's incident.

She said: "I think we were all moved last night with the way in which those who were in and around the scene did everything possible to help."

Scottish Deputy First Minister: Glasgow crash 'awful'

Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has described a helicopter crash in Glasgow as "awful news":

Nicola Sturgeon applauded in Scottish parliament

Addressing the Scottish parliament, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that the proposal to extend free childcare will benefit both children and parents by enabling them to return to work.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses the Scottish Parliament

She received applause for this as well as for her comments on abolishing the so-called bedroom tax and removing Trident nuclear weapons from the country.

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