Voters urged to 'look forward'

Nicola Sturgeon (right) says she is focusing on persuading people to vote Yes

Nicola Sturgeon (right) says she is focusing on persuading people to vote Yes

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Nicola Sturgeon has insisted her focus is on the referendum not her own future as she and Alex Salmond marked 10 years as leader and deputy leader of the SNP.

The Deputy First Minister and First Minister celebrated the anniversary by meeting activists and supporters in Glasgow's Buchanan Street.

Ms Sturgeon said all her energy was going towards the campaign for independence and contended she had "no idea" where she would be in 10 years time.

Reflecting on the anniversary she said: "I think we've made significant progress in those 10 years but we're looking ahead and asking people to imagine what a Scotland can look like 10 years from now if we vote Yes in two weeks time.

"It's fair to say we both hope the best moment is yet to come in two weeks time when people vote Yes and what we're asking people to do is not look back and look forward."

Mr Salmond has said he will serve out his term as First Minister if there is a No vote in the referendum on September 18.

His deputy said: "For the avoidance of any doubt I hope he does and want him to stay on till 2016 and beyond."

Ms Sturgeon has previously admitted she would like to take on the job of First Minister one day.

She told the Daily Record: ''Anybody, in any walk of life - if they are ambitious - wants to get to the pinnacle of their profession.

''So hypothetically of course that is something I would like to think that one day I will get the chance to do.''

But a sked the question again today she responded: "That's not in my mind at all at the moment. I'm focused very much on persuading folk to vote Yes. I think that campaign is going well. We've got work still to do but it's going in the right direction and that's what's getting all my efforts and all my energies at the moment.

"All I think you can do in this walk of life is to do your best, and to do what you believe in and to campaign for what you think is right. That's what I've done, that's what I'll continue to do and let the future in terms of my own or any of our own personal careers take care of itself."

Mr Salmond and Ms Sturgeon marked the anniversary by setting out their vision for Scotland over the next decade.

Setting out four key gains for an independent Scotland in 2024, Ms Sturgeon said: "The choice between No vision from a No vote and the Yes vision of opportunity in an independent Scotland can be seen from the choices we can make and the difference those choices will make to people's lives.

"The Yes vision means childcare - not Trident; job-creating powers for Scotland; protecting Scotland's NHS and a pension age that's right for Scotland - not one imposed by George Osborne."

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11:45am Fri 5 Sep 14

beetawix says...

Is Scotland being given the roads and roadnames.
Is Scotland being given the roads and roadnames. beetawix
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