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Cameron considered quitting in event of Yes vote

David Cameron and his wife Samantha. Credit: PA

David Cameron has admitted he "contemplated having to go" if Scotland voted for independence.

The Prime Minister said he would have been "heartbroken" by the break-up of the UK and considered his position when polls put the Yes campaign ahead just days before the referendum.

Speaking to the Sun on Sunday, Cameron said: "Of course, I contemplated having to go. I thought, 'What's the right thing to do?' In many ways the easiest thing would be to say, 'I feel wounded by this' and walk away.

"In the end I came to the conclusion that would not have been the right thing to do."

Scottish voters later rejected independence by 55% to 45% and it was First Minister Alex Salmond who resigned, announcing hours after the result was declared that he would be stepping down in November.

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Sturgeon formally launches SNP leadership bid

Sturgeon has stood down as deputy leader of the party as she runs for the top job. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Nicola Sturgeon has formally launched her bid to become the new leader of the SNP and next Scottish First Minister after Alex Salmond's resignation in the wake of last week's independence referendum defeat.

In a speech announcing her decision, Sturgeon also said she would be resigning the deputy leadership while she sought election to the top job.

Alex Salmond returns to Holyrood

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Alex Salmond will return to Holyrood today for the first time since his bid for Scottish independence failed.

Mr Salmond, who has announced his intention to step down as First Minister, is expected to reflect on the independence referendum and put pressure on the victorious unionist parties to deliver on their devolution pledges in a statement to the Scottish Parliament.

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick will open today's proceedings with "time for reflection", a Holyrood slot normally reserved for spiritual or philosophical contributions from religious or secular figureheads.

Mr Salmond's statement will be followed by two days of debate on the future of Scotland, with Labour leader Johann Lamont, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie expected to open with responses from the Scottish opposition parties.

Scotland voted against independence by a majority of 55% in the referendum on Thursday.

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Cabinet minister: English votes for England

The Justice Secretary has said that Scottish MPs should not be allowed to vote on English laws.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Archive/Press Association Images

That would be a travesty of democracy, and would be regarded with fury by the English. But the renewed focus on England brings with it a further great risk. Today marks the start of the Labour conference.

The future of our constitution is bound to be a subject of major debate there. But it is likely to be a very different one to that at the Conservative conference in a week’s time.

– Justice Secretary Chris Grayling

Writing in the Telegraph, Chris Grayling said that there cannot be a situation where Scottish MPs "come to Westminster and vote on English-only issues", influencing the destiny of health, education, justice, environment and probably taxation in England, "potentially against the wishes of most English representatives".

Salmond: 'Writing is on the wall' over independence

It is only a matter of time before Scotland becomes an independent nation, Alex Salmond has suggested.

The First Minister, who this week announced his intention to resign from his post, said the majority of younger Scots supported independence.

He told Sky News' Murnaghan programme: "When you have a situation where the majority of a country up to the age of 55 is already voting for independence, I think the writing's on the wall for Westminster."

"I think the destination is pretty certain, we're only now debating the timescale and the method," the SNP leader added.

Darling: 'Formidable' Salmond has his place in history

Alistair Darling called Alex Salmond 'a very formidable politician'. Credit: BBC/Andrew Marr Show

The head of the Better Together campaign, Alistair Darling, has paid tribute to his former opponent, Alex Salmond, following his recent decision to step down as First Minister.

Mr Darling told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "He is a very formidable politician. He's brought his party from being a fringe sort of protest movement and he's got them into government."

"He's a divisive politician, this is the nature of the beast, if you like. Alex Salmond, he's got his place in history, I'm sure that's what he wanted and that's what he'll get," the former Chancellor added.

Cunningham rules out SNP leadership bid

A former candidate for the leadership of the SNP has ruled out standing for the position again in the wake of Alex Salmond's sudden resignation.

Scottish Community Safety Minister Roseanna Cunningham Credit: PA

After Scots voted against independence, Mr Salmond announced he will be stepping down from the position of both SNP leader and First Minister.

Roseanna Cunningham stood for the leadership of the party against Mr Salmond in 2004.

A spokesman for Ms Cunningham, the community safety minister in the Scottish Government, said: "Roseanna wants to make it quite clear that she has absolutely no intention or desire to stand for either the leadership or the deputy leadership of the party.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already emerged as the clear favourite to take over from Mr Salmond, when he formally steps down at the SNP annual conference in November.

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