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Salmond resigns after Scotland rejects independence

Alex Salmond driven through a side entrance at Aberdeen Airport. Credit: Newsline Media

Alex Salmond was pictured looking disappointed in the early hours of this morning after results started to point towards a victory for the No campaign.

Scotland's First Minister was shown being driven through a side entrance to a private plane at Aberdeen Airport.

Early results and final polling had indicated that Scottish voters were most likely to have rejected independence in yesterday's vote - perhaps explaining the apparent dejection on Salmond's face.

Alex Salmond today said he would be standing down as Scotland's First Minister and Scottish National Party leader after voters in Scotland rejected independence in an historic referendum.

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Nicola Sturgeon pays emotional tribute to Alex Salmond

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has paid tribute to Alex Salmond, after he announced he would be leaving his post in the wake of the independence referendum rejection.

In a full statement on her website, she praised Salmond's achievements whilst in office as "second to none."

Nicola Sturgeon also said that the personal debt she owed him was "immeasurable."

"Alex Salmond's achievements as SNP leader and Scotland's First Minister are second to none.

"He led the SNP into government and has given our country a renewed self confidence.

"Through policies such as the council tax freeze, free prescriptions and the scrapping of tuition fees, he has made a real difference for hundreds of thousands of Scots.

"And yesterday he inspired 1.6 million of our fellow citizens to vote Yes to independence.

"The personal debt of gratitude I owe Alex is immeasurable. He has been my friend, mentor and colleague for more than 20 years. Quite simply, I would not have been able to do what I have in politics without his constant advice, guidance and support through all these years."

– Nicola Sturgeon MSP

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Savile officers in Yorkshire face misconduct inquiries

Jimmy Savile in 1997 Credit: PA

Inquiries are being made into how officers working for Sussex, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Surrey police forces dealt with claims about Savile's predatory sexual behaviour.

According to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), five serving detectives have been served with misconduct notices and two former officers are being investigated over how they handled allegations relating to Jimmy Savile.

A serving detective sergeant with North Yorkshire Police has also been served with a misconduct notice over how he handled information from a 15-year-old girl regarding Savile and his late associate Peter Jaconelli in January 2002.

How two revelations made by a serving prisoner about Jaconelli in December 2008 and January 2009 were treated is also being investigated.

Meanwhile, a former inspector with West Yorkshire has been interviewed under criminal caution regarding allegations he "acted on behalf" of Savile by inappropriately contacting Surrey Police ahead of a police interview in 2009.

The IPCC said that its investigation into the matter is "nearing completion" and is also looking into what knowledge the former officer had of letters making accusations against Savile.

Never mind Scotland, what about England?

Never mind Scotland, what about England? - Paul Brand, ITV Political Correspondent

With the Scottish question settled, minds are now turning to the English one. With promises of greater powers for the Scottish people now that they're staying, just what do you offer the English?

Many backbench MPs have been asking that for days, but have been keeping it quiet until the referendum was over. They're livid that the party leaders promised so much devolution to Scotland when the polls were looking tight, before discussing it with parliament. This morning the Prime Minister admitted that in considering more power for Scotland, there has to be consideration of England too.

Some of the main sticking points that will be examined in the coming days are whether Scottish MPs should be allowed to vote on English-only matters, and whether England should get its own parliament.

More than that, there is the incredibly complex and contentious issue of devolution for England's regions. A poll commissioned by ITV before the referendum shows 55% of people in the North East want an increase in powers for the region. But what should that look like?

The difficulty is that regional assemblies were rejected in 2004, and resoundingly. Equally, elected mayors have been a little hit and miss. What other models do you consider?

The parties speak about various options, including devolving powers to cities or Local Enterprise Partnerships. But that's a far more localised model of power than in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Can a city like Newcastle really hope to compete with a whole nation like Scotland?

There are no easy answers, and right now MPs are only just beginning to contemplate the question. After all, it is one that has never been asked quite like this before.

North East residents want more decision making power

An exclusive poll for ITV News Tyne Tees that was carried out with ComRes has revealed that more than half of people in the North East would like more decision-making powers with the prospect of further power being given to Scotland.

The poll was carried out before the referendum vote. It was conducted by ComRes, who interviewed 510 adults living in the ITV News Tyne Tees region online between 4th and 11th September 2014. Data was weighted to be representative of all adults in the region.

Levels of support for more devolution in the North East

  • In the wake of more powers likely being devolved to Scotland, more than half of Tyne Tees residents (55%) think that the amount of decision making powers the North East of England has should be increased.
  • Three in ten residents (29%) think that the amount of decision making powers should stay the same.
  • Men (63%) are more likely than women (47%) to support increasing the North East’s decision making powers.

The full results are shown in the image below:

Results of the exclusive ITV Tyne Tees/ComRes poll Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Weather: Clearer and cooler

For over a week now the east of the region has been blanketed in cloud and mist.

Easterly breezes have had us stuck in a rut - blowing in murky conditions from the North Sea.

However tomorrow a cold front will move in from the north. This will initially bring cloud and patchy rain - but behind it follows clearer air.

So at last the sun will shine again!

A cold front brings clearer air

Once the cold front clears an area of high pressure will settle in for Sunday.

This means another calm day - but with clearer skies in the east and fresher temperatures in the west.

High pressure brings brighter weather in the east
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