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Nick Robinson Political editor

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The people have spoken. But it's not over

19 September 2014
David Cameron

The people have spoken. Scotland has rejected independence. The result has been accepted by both sides. So that, you might think, is that. Not a bit of it.

The fact that more than 1.5m British citizens voted not to remain part of the UK, the fact that a majority in Scotland's biggest city - Glasgow - backed independence, the fact that the Westminster establishment briefly thought this vote was lost, is the reason for that.

The leaders of the three UK parties are now promising significant constitutional change and not just for Scotland but for England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well.

They have agreed on a timetable for giving more powers to the Scottish Parliament but are a long, long way from agreeing proposals. Alex Salmond may have lost this vote but he remains Scotland's First Minister. He's unlikely to merely accept what is offered up by his opponents.

The prime minister has also promised to produce reforms which deliver the soundbite - "English votes for English laws". It was a promise made in the last Conservative manifesto. It was and is very popular in England. There is a reason, however, why it hasn't been enacted.

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Brown calls for three 'guarantees' for Scotland

15 September 2014
Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown is calling for three "guarantees" for Scotland to be "locked in" before voting takes place in the referendum on Thursday.

In a speech in Edinburgh later he will call for:

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Ian Paisley: the Dr No who became Dr Yes

12 September 2014
Ian Paisley visiting a school in 1999

Loved and loathed, admired and feared, the life of the man known simply as "Big Ian" is the story of Northern Ireland's transition from violence to peace.

Some will remember him for a single word - "Never!" - rarely spoken, usually bellowed.

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Cameron and Miliband do battle against rising Yes tide

10 September 2014
David Cameron

Today we looked at a man who knows that his tombstone may read "the prime minister who presided over the break-up of Britain".

We listened to a man whose voice began to break as he made a plea for Scotland to stay.

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Scotland - Yes or No to protect the NHS?

9 September 2014
yes and No campaigners

The Unionist parties in Scotland will claim today that they can guarantee that spending on the NHS will not be cut by the next government in Westminster.

They will argue that the new powers they are promising to give the Scottish Parliament in the event of a No vote will allow Holyrood to protect the NHS from another five years of austerity imposed from London.

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Scotland - Vote No and get something better?

8 September 2014
File picture of flags

On the morning after the poll before, "Vote No and get something better" summed up George Osborne's message. It's a tried and trusted message which worked in the independence referendum in Quebec when a last minute poll lead for Yes was transformed into a narrow No. It is, though, a message with a difficult history in Scotland.

Thirty five years ago it was precisely what Scots were told when they were voting in a referendum on a much more modest proposal - to create a Scottish Parliament with some devolved powers.

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Nato summit: Could Putin cross more 'red lines'?

5 September 2014
Barack Obama
Nato agrees to form a multi-national "spearhead" force capable of deploying within 48 hours

For all the displays of military hardware, the promises to stand by Eastern Europe, the pledges to deploy more Nato forces there, it is the use of economic power, which according to Barack Obama and David Cameron has forced Vladimir Putin to back a deal to stop the fighting in Ukraine.

They insist that sanctions, including newly agreed measures targeting state-owned energy and defence companies, will go ahead until talk of a ceasefire is proven on the ground and is followed through with a peace plan that does not include the annexation of parts of Ukraine.

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Pressure grows on Cameron amid hostage threat

3 September 2014
Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq
There has been talk of the UK giving military help to Kurdish groups fighting Islamic State

A British hostage will be next to die. That was the clear and chilling message at the end of the latest horrific video produced by the brutal killers of the so-called "Islamic State".

It will have shocked many but it came as no surprise to the prime minister and his advisers who have long known about and been preparing for this prospect and not to the British media who agreed not to report the matter and have now agreed not to name the British hostage involved.

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Douglas Carswell defection: the Europe 'bomb' goes off

28 August 2014
Nigel Farage (left) and Douglas Carswell
There will be speculation about who else could join Douglas Carswell in defecting to UKIP

This is a body blow for David Cameron.

When he became Tory leader, he told his party that they needed to stop obsessing about Europe.

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Fighting will continue after debate

25 August 2014
Second televised debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling

Two heavyweight bruisers locked together - both desperate to land a knock-out blow.

That, I fear, may be what sticks in the memory after Monday night's debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling.

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About Nick

Nick started blogging about politics for the BBC in 2001 when he was one of the earliest mainstream journalists in the UK to adopt the format.

He has been in his current role since 2005.

Before he was political editor, he did the same job at ITV News, before which he was chief political correspondent for BBC News 24, deputy editor of Panorama and a presenter on BBC Radio 5 live.

He began his time at the BBC behind the microphone, starting as a trainee producer in 1986 on Brass Tacks, Newsround and Crimewatch.

Based at Westminster, he has particular responsibility for serving the flagship news programmes, including Today on Radio 4 and the Ten O'Clock News on BBC One.

Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1963, he attended Cheadle Hulme School, followed by University College, Oxford where he studied politics, philosophy and economics.

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