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Scottish independence: What next for the SNP?

The party could now return to the role it had in the 1990s

By Jay Elwes  

Alex Salmond's deputy Nicola Sturgeon is the favourite to succeed him after his resignation. © Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Alex Salmond has resigned as First Minister of Scotland, bringing the country’s nationalists to an ever greater point of despair. He held a news conference this afternoon from which several national newspapers, including the Telegraph, Mail and Guardian were barred. He told the audience of journalists that “others were best placed,”…

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