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The recent troubles in Ukraine and Crimea should not be a bar against Russian membership of NATO a Labour peer has said.
 
Controversial former NATO head Lord George Robertson has called for the country headed by Vladimir Putin to be admitted into the organisation saying it would reinforce the ‘liberal values’ of NATO.

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The SNP has seized on comments from UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond after the coalition minister told a newspaper that nothing will be off the table in negotiations in the event of a Yes vote in September’s referendum.
 
Mr Hammond, who is scheduled to visit Scotland on Tuesday, became the latest senior No campaign figure to call into question claims by Chancellor George Osborne that Westminster would block an agreement on the pound and there would be no negotiations.

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The BBC has come under fire after it allowed a Tory MP to make a documentary that claims the border between Scotland and England is a "pernicious scar".
 
MP Rory Stewart was allowed to make two hour long documentaries - Border Country: The Story of Britain’s Lost Middleland - promoting the idea that a borderless Britain was normal and that told viewers the nations of England and Scotland were artificial constructs.

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  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The BBC's chief political adviser in London has said that there are no "rules of do's and don'ts" as far as the corporation's coverage of the independence referendum is concerned.
 
Ric Bailey has said that new guidelines issued by the BBC Trust offered a framework for programme-makers who he said would be left to make their own editorial judgements with respect to ensuring impartiality.

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  By Chris Rumbles
 
Independence will guarantee an end to unelected governments for the people of Scotland, First Minister Alex Salmond will tell the SNP conference.
 
The First Minister's keynote speech in Aberdeen will explain how the vote on September 18 is "not about this Party, or this First Minister, or even the wider Yes campaign".

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The Conservative MP brought in to the UK Cabinet by David Cameron as a replacement for the disgraced former UK Culture Secretary, once described devolution as "constitutional vandalism".
 
Following the resignation of the Culture Secretary Maria Miller after another Tory expenses scandal, her replacement in the job has been named as Sajid Javid.

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The Treasury's most senior civil servant has justified his decision to publish advice to UK Government ministers on a currency union with an independent Scotland –rejecting suggestions that it was the result of political pressure.
 
Permanent secretary to the Treasury, Sir Nicholas Macpherson, said making public his recommendation to Chancellor George Osborne was 'vital to the national interest'.  Osborne cited Macpherson's advice when he publically ruled out a shared currency in the event of a Yes vote in September's referendum.

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