With a wider margin than I had predicted, Scotland voted to stay as part of the United Kingdom. With a final total of 55% -v- 45%, the mouthpiece of the Yes for Independence campaign, Alex Salmond, says he will step down.
From the Beeb:
19 September 2014
Scottish referendum: Salmond to go after Scotland No vote
Alex Salmond is to step down as first minister of Scotland after voters decisively rejected independence.
He will also resign as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after the "No" side won Thursday's referendum by 2,001,926 to 1,617,989 for "Yes".
The national split of the vote was 55% for "No" to 45% for "Yes".
Mr Salmond said: "For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die."
Speaking from Bute House in Edinburgh, the first minister's official residence, he told journalists: "I am immensely proud of the campaign that Yes Scotland fought and particularly of the 1.6m voters who rallied to that cause."...
There is much more on Mr Salmond and his political career and aspirations here.