Salmond unveils Alba Party’s plans for referendum Bill at Holyrood – STV News

Former first minister candidate Ash Regan quits SNP to join Alba party – STV News

Salmond: Scots must drive for independence after being ‘conned’ in 2014 – STV News

Alba Party pair Neale Hanvey MP and Kenny MacAskill MP suspended from House of Commons – Dunfermline Press

Alex Salmond’s Alba party humiliated as every candidate defeated in local elections – GB News

Alex Salmond brands Nicola Sturgeon independence referendum plan ‘not particularly credible’ – Daily Record

SNP has achieved ‘diddly squat’ at Westminster since 2015 landslide victory, claims Alba MP – Daily Record

The SNP and Alba conferences are over, so what have we learned? – The Scotsman

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Between the virtual SNP conference and that of the new Alba Party in Greenock town hall, the refrain went “anything you can do, I can do better, I can do anything better than you” – with a call and response of “no you can’t, yes I can” coming from Scottish nationalists, once comrades -in-arms, but now locked in a woad-stained battle.

From Keith Brown’s plea to members to “reach out” to No voters to Nicola Sturgeon’s referendum-heavy speech, the SNP conference played many of its greatest indy hits over again. Meanwhile members of the Alba Party congregated for their first conference in Greenock, flocking to the sound of Alex Salmond’s cry for freedom.

The parties may want the same outcome, but their approaches are wildly different. Ms Sturgeon has shifted her stance slightly and is appealing for “co-operation” rather than confrontation with the UK Government in her bid to ensure a second referendum can be held by her promised date of 2023.

She is pinning her hopes on the idea that Boris Johnson will be forced to move his position by the sheer force of democracy and the mandate she says the Scottish people gave her at the May election, when the SNP won a historic fourth term in government.

But there is an undercurrent of a harder-edged challenge from the First Minister.

Work on the “prospectus” or white paper on independence has restarted within the Scottish Government, and she has been clear to state that any vote will be “legal”, which raises the prospect of the whole situation ending up in court – and who knows whether it will be adjudged that such a vote without Westminster approval will indeed be legal.

The Alba Party, however, believe the SNP has been too slow for too long in its demands for independence and called the six years since the referendum “Groundhog Day”.

In his speech, Mr Salmond was scathing, telling delegates: “If you constantly march people up to the top of the hill and then down again, then you end up all singing Rule Britannia.”

Alex Salmond faces leadership challenge at first Alba party conference – Daily Record

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‘There’s just hatred’: SNP and Alba clash over commitment to Scottish independence – Aberdeen Evening Express

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