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# Scottish National Party

Last month
February 2023
# Runners and Riders
Here are the three contenders to become Scotland's first minister
Humza Yousaf, Kate Forbes and Ash Regan are in the running to replace Nicola Sturgeon.
# Nicola Sturgeon
'The time is now': Nicola Sturgeon steps down amid recent 'choppy waters'
She insisted a few weeks ago that she had ‘plenty left in the tank’, but now leaves amid recent ‘short-term pressures’.
# Resignation
Nicola Sturgeon resigns as Scotland's first minister
She said she cannot give the role “every ounce of energy that it needs”.
Last year
# refugee crisis
Scotland 'stands ready' to take in 3,000 Ukrainian refugees immediately, says Nicola Sturgeon
The Scottish First Minister said she’s concerned the UK government’s refugee scheme is “slow and cumbersome”.
All time
# Scotland
Majority for Scottish National Party still uncalled, but Nicola Sturgeon 'almost certain' of win
The results of some constituency seats still need to be announced.
# no messing around
Nicola Sturgeon to publish 'case for Scottish independence referendum this week'
Sturgeon says that Scotland is ‘facing a Tory government that we didn’t vote for’.
# Scottish National Party
Scottish independence referendum has 'never been more urgent', says Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon wants Boris Johnson to transfer the power to hold this referendum to the Scottish parliament.
# Brexit
An independent Scotland could rejoin the EU relatively quickly, says Nicola Sturgeon
Sturgeon has already said she wants a fresh ballot on independence to take place in the second half of 2020.
# Scotland
Alex Salmond pleads not guilty to attempted rape and 11 sexual assault charges
One of the charges relates to the attempted rape of a woman in the official residence of the first minister of Scotland.
Opinion: Is Brexit advancing the cause of Scottish independence from the UK?
‘Scottish Independence in the context of Brexit is like Schrödinger’s Cat – it’s both alive and dead depending on who you ask’, writes Gareth Brown.
# Allegations
Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond resigns from SNP party amid harassment claims
Police have reportedly been asked to investigate allegations he sexually assaulted two staff members.
# Celtic ties
Nicola Sturgeon to address the Seanad during visit to Dublin
Sturgeon will become the first serving head of Government to address the Seanad.
# Brexit
Nicola Sturgeon launches new drive for Scottish independence
A new poll found 46% of people are now in favour of Scottish independence.
# heating up
Scottish referendum on knife-edge as new poll puts 1% between Yes and No camps
The pro-union side has just slightly inched ahead, after a dramatic surge in support for independence.
# Scotland
Scotland hopes for 2016 independence day
However, the British government is ruling out ‘pre-negotiation’ of independence before 2014 referendum.
# Scotland
Scotland to press ahead with plans to legalise same-sex marriage
The Scottish government says it will try to amend UK law, so that celebrants who refuse to marry gays cannot be prosecuted.
# Scotland
Salmond announces 'clear' question for referendum on Scottish independence
…and voters will have plenty of time to think about their response: he says he’ll hold the referendum in the autumn of 2014.
# Scotland
Scotland insists it has mandate for independence referendum in 2014
And it wants to hold it on its own terms, defying the wishes of the UK government in Wesminster which wants the vote to be held sooner.
# Independence
Explainer: What's happening in Scotland?
There is a lot of talk today about a referendum on independence but what’s it all about? Here are 10 things that will help explain it all.
# Dis-united Kingdom
Hammering for Lib Dems as Scottish nationalists approach majority
Nick Clegg’s party takes a beating in local elections, while the SNP – which backs independence – takes power in Scotland.
# Scotland
Scotland's transport minister quits over Big Freeze chaos
Stewart Stevenson quits after stinging criticism of his handling of the weather crisis, admitting he could have done better.