Report: Scottish National Party conference 2013

Key points

  • SNP leader Alex Salmond announces that his government's White Paper on independence will be published on 26 November.
  • The news was delivered in Mr Salmond's keynote speech to more than 1,000 SNP conference delegates gathered in Perth.
  • The people of Scotland will vote in the Scottish independence referendum on Thursday, 18 September, 2014.

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  • Deirdre Kelly 
  • Laura Pettigrew 
  • Doug Kennedy 

Last updated 23 October 2013

BREAKING Breaking News

The Scottish government White Paper on independence will be published on Tuesday, 26 November.


Hello and welcome to our live video and text coverage of the Scottish National Party's annual conference in Perth.

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SNP leader Alex Salmond is due to deliver his keynote speech at about 15:00.

STANDARD 1450 Analysis

Norman Smith, Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

"It is understood that SNP leader Alex Salmond will announce the date of the much-awaited White Paper on independence."


There has been much talk about the on-going dispute at Grangemouth petrochemical plant. First Minister Alex Salmond and Finance Secretary John Swinney have both asked for the management and the union Unite to resolve the dispute. The FM left the Perth conference on Thursday afternoon to hold meetings with both sides in the dispute. He said the talks were useful, but he could not force an agreement.


More than 1,000 delegates have gathered in Perth for the SNP's annual conference - the last before the people of Scotland go to the polls on Thursday, 18 September, 2014, to vote in a referendum on independence.

STANDARD Information

The Scottish independence referendum: When, where, what?

  • When? - Thursday, 18 September, 2014
  • Where? - Voters in Scotland (only) will be able to take part in the referendum
  • What? - They will be asked the straight "yes/no" question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"


Former SNP MSP Andrew Wilson wants the nature of political debate to change - to be more co-operative.


Political academic and broadcaster Prof John Curtice asks whether there will be room in an independent Scotland for an SNP that looks to be socially democratic and a Labour Party that also looks to be socially democratic.


It's the "moment we have all been waiting for", says Deputy Leader Nicola Sturgeon (as she begins her introduction of Alex Salmond).