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Sturgeon: SNP MPs may vote on English issues

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that SNP MPs in Westminster will end their self-imposed ban on voting on English issues in the next parliament.

In an interview with BBC News, she defended the move saying that issues like privatising parts of the health service could have consequences for the Scottish budget.

Speaking ahead of a meeting with the Prime Minister on devolving powers to Holyrood, she said that the move was primarily to protest Scottish interests:

Sturgeon: Smith report does not represent 'real home rule'

The new leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon has said she welcomes all new powers but that the Smith report on devolution does not go far enough.

Nicola Sturgeon takes over as SNP leader

Nicola Sturgeon has take over as SNP leader from Alex Salmond. Credit: PA

Nicola Sturgeon has taken over the leadership of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and will become Scotland's new first minister next week.

Sturgeon, currently the Deputy First Minister, was confirmed as the new SNP leader at the start of the party's annual conference in Perth.

She takes over the reins after Alex Salmond announced he was stepping down as both party leader and First Minister in the wake of the referendum defeat.

Dundee MSP Stewart Hosie will replace Sturgeon as the party's new Deputy First Minister.


Nicola Sturgeon to declare SNP leadership bid

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Nicola Sturgeon is today expected to formally announce her bid to become leader of the SNP and Scotland's First Minister.

Ms Sturgeon, who has been Deputy First Minister since the nationalists came to power at Holyrood in 2007, has emerged as the overwhelming favourite to take over the post from Alex Salmond.

He announced his intention to step down on Friday after Scotland voted against independence in last week's referendum.

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.

SNP: Voting 'Yes' only way to get more Scottish powers

The Scottish National Party have dismissed Tory proposals for enhanced powers for Holyrood in the event of a 'no' vote in September's independence referendum.

Annabelle Ewing, an SNP member of the Scottish Parliament, said: "The only way to get the powers Scotland needs to build a fairer society and stronger economy is to vote Yes in September.

"There isn't a 'more devolved powers' option on the ballot paper."

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, will set out proposals for extra tax-raising powers in a speech in Glasgow this morning.

SNP: Westminster 'slashing £4bn of Scotland's budget'

Staying in the UK would mean further cuts to Scotland's budget, hindering business by taking away valuable public services they rely on, a leading SNP MP claims.

On top of unprecedented cuts we've already seen, senior figures at Westminster are committed to slashing another £4 billion from Scotland's public services - and this survey finds that businesses outside Scotland would pile further pressure onto the UK Government to do this.

Businesses also stated that the referendum debate has had no impact on their business decisions - this blows away No camp attempts to scaremonger to the contrary.

The biggest threat to UK business is Westminster's obsession with a referendum on EU membership that could see us ripped out of the European Union.

– Stewart Hosie
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