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Thousands attend independence rally in Scotland

Thousands attended the 'Hope Over Fear' event in Glasgow. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Thousands of people have attended a rally in the centre of Glasgow in support of Scottish independence.

The five-hour 'Hope Over Fear' event in George Square was aimed at maintaining the momentum of the Yes movement, following its defeat in the referendum just over three weeks ago.

Tommy Sheridan, with actors Martin Compston (right) and Paul Brannigan (left) at the 'Hope over Fear' Rally. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Former socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan, who is now the co-convenor of Solidarity Scotland, rallied the crowd and called for similar events to be held in Edinburgh, Dundee, Fife and across Scotland.

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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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.

Conservatives keep up pressure on 'English votes for English laws'

While the Labour leadership debated the economy today, the Conservative party continued to push English MPs voting on English laws. William Hague said any party that did not link such reforms to more powers for Scotland could pay at the General Election. ITV News Deputy Political Editor, Chris Ship, reports:

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ITV News Index: Scottish MPs 'should not have vote on English laws'

The majority of Brits think Scotland MPs should not be able to vote in Westminster on laws that only affect England, according to the latest ComRes/ITV News Index poll.

Some 65% of 2,048 people surveyed agreed it was time to stop Scottish MPs voting on laws that affect England, with just 15% opposed to the idea and 20% saying they did not know.

But 48% of those questioned also said they did not feel more positive towards David Cameron following the referendum campaign.

Just 29% of those polled said they felt more positive towards the Prime Minister following the campaign while 24% said they did not know.

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