Alex Salmond has resigned

He says he will stand down as first minister in November when a new SNP leader will be chosen. Follow live updates »

Scotland has voted against ending its 307-year-old union with England and Wales, with the Scottish National party conceding defeat in the historic referendum.

The Scottish referendum explained for non-Brits (ie most of you reading this) 

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Tomorrow’s front page. Here’s a summary of today’s events, with more live coverage from 7am BST tomorrow. 

• Four new polls were released showing narrow leads for the no camp.


On 18 September voters in Scotland will be asked to make the greatest democratic constitutional decision in their nation’s history. The question is simple: should Scotland be an independent country, yes or no?

Everything you need to know about the vote »

You had one job … workmen painted “BUP STOP” in Bristol, UK last week. 

Photo: Ben Birchall/PA

Spot the difference: In what seems to have become an annual summer event, David Cameron yesterday posed for photographs with his wife pointing at fish laid out in a Portuguese fish market.

Flooding from summer storms that brought parts of Britain to a halt over the weekend is gradually subsiding and forecasters say much of the country will enjoy dry weather on Monday and over the coming week. 

• Lightning strikes the UK - in pictures

Lightning illuminates Brighton pier, East Sussex. Photo: Max Langran/Apex