First Minister Alex Salmond spoke today from Bute House, signalling his intention to resign following the SNP conference in November. In a statement covered on BBC Scotland, he said:
But today the point is this. The real guardians of progress are not the politicians at Westminster, or even at Holyrood, but the energised activism of tens of thousands of people who I predict will refuse meekly to go back into the political shadows.
For me right now , therefore there is a decision as to who is best placed to lead this process forward politically.
I believe that in this new exciting situation, redolent with possibility, party, parliament and country would benefit from new leadership.
The statement is available in full here
. The First Minister declined to name a successor and said this decision will be made by the Scottish National Party at their conference. Mr Salmond said he would remain a member of the Scottish Parliament.
We will have further analysis from our expert team on what this might mean for the party and the SNP-led Scottish Government in the coming days.