Alex Salmond illustration by Joe Cummings

Alex Salmond became Scotland's first minister in May 2007 - the fourth incumbent to hold that office.

He is the leader of the Scottish National party and MSP for Aberdeenshire.

Poll finds rapid shift towards Scottish Yes vote

YouGov survey puts pro-union lead at just 6 percentage points

UK has no contingency plans for Yes vote

Fears of complacency as officials say focus is on making case for union

Salmond dismisses intimidation claims

‘Ridiculous’ to suggest either side is orchestrating harassment

Cameron denies euroscepticism aids Yes vote

Salmond claims ‘outward-looking, internationalist approach’ for Scotland

Support for independent Scotland rebounds

Yes vote climbs to 47% after Salmond win in second TV debate

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Scottish patriots can vote for the union

If like-minded nations are to prosper in security they will have to pull closer together

PM to warn of Scottish Yes vote threat

Cameron re-enters campaign with Scottish CBI speech

City warns Scots on national debt threat

Salmond said country could walk away if currency union refused

The reality behind Salmond’s rhetoric

Yes campaign in Scotland still has questions to answer

A win for Salmond, Scotland’s chancer

Nationalist leader will have given his side a steroidal injection of confidence

Salmond seen as winner in TV debate

Feisty exchanges with Darling again hinge on sterling

Yes camp can take hope from debate

Salmond wins on the night, but effect on final Scotland vote unclear

Three big questions for Scotland

The FT evaluates the position of both camps on currency, the NHS and oil

Salmond faces currency queries in debate

Darling poised to raise issue of Scotland’s economic prospects

Salmond falls far short on certainty

His campaign remains clouded by confusion and doubt

Salmond addresses currency conundrum

SNP proposes alternatives if Scotland loses pound

Salmond focuses on NHS in run up to poll

Social democratic values take centre stage in independence fight

Salmond to have another crack at Darling

Debate one of last big set-piece moments ahead of Scottish vote

Scottish Yes vote gains ground in polls

ICM survey casts doubt on surging No support in wake of Darling debate

SNP takes heart from 2011 poll comeback

Party’s unexpected triumph offers hope for independence vote

The puzzle is why Salmond wants to go

Scotland’s first minister seems unable to say why he wants independence, says Adam Tomkins

BoE has plans for independent Scotland

Carney remarks should ease fears of capital flight

Davidson warns Scotland over UK debt

Scottish affairs committee chairman warns over military kit

Salmond insists Scotland will keep pound

First minister shrugs off criticism of having no Plan B

It takes two to tango, says SNP dissident

Critic within the Yes camp voices doubts on currency union

Independent Scotland ‘based on aspiration’

MPs express concerns over currency plans

Scots warned of emergency lending perils

Think-tank sees lack of lender of last resort after independence

Scotland opens autonomy issue across UK

Independence vote prompts wider debate about devolving powers

The truth and lies of secessionists

It is the job of politicians to pretend to certainties about an uncertain future, writes Bill Emmott

Yes camp tries to soften TV debate blow

Scottish independence activists promise huge grassroots campaign

Hard truths about Scotland’s future

Alistair Darling’s lawyerly facts best Alex Salmond in televised debate

Salmond labours as Darling gets best lines

Early polls give ex-chancellor and No campaign a win

Darling wins debate but consolation may be Salmond’s

Something of essence of each campaign came through in TV debate

Salmond on defensive over keeping sterling

Darling demands in TV debate: ‘What’s Plan B?’

New poll boosts Scottish nationalists

Pro-unionists’ lead falls by four points ahead of live debate

Westminster relaxed over Scotland debate

Some MPs concerned at perceived lack of English interest

Weak UK reception for TV Scottish debate

Live debate to be shown online only south of border

UK parties in Scottish devolution pledge

Joint declaration comes ahead of televised debate

Salmond gets ready to rumble with Darling

Yes campaigners look for ‘win’ in Tuesday’s televised debate

Brits and Germans let old clichés fade

As the first world war is commemorated the two former foes are enjoying more cordial relations