Salmond's independence vow

First Minister Alex Salmond has set out his case for why Scotland would be better off if it was independent from Britain in a speech at the SNP spring conference today.

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SNP leader makes improved childcare pledge

First Minister and SNP Leader Alex Salmond during his speech at the SNP Spring conference at the Eden Court in Inverness. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Independence could see Scottish parents benefit from a European style system of childcare with a far greater level of public subsidy, the country's First Minister said.

Alex Salmond said a "transformational shift" in this area should be one of the first acts of an independent Scotland.

He made the policy commitment as he delivered his key note speech to the Scottish National Party (SNP) spring conference in Inverness.

Mr Salmond hailed the measure as one of the reasons for voting to leave the UK in next year's referendum, describing it as "part of the why of independence".

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