The search for a new First Minister of Scotland has begun after Nicola Sturgeon’s surprise decision to stand down.
The Scottish National Party leader made the announcement on Wednesday after more than eight years in the job.
She plans to remain in office until her successor is elected.
The SNP’s national executive committee will meet on Thursday evening to draw up a timetable for a leadership race.
With no obvious successor, the party’s first leadership contest in nearly 20 years could see a debate on future direction and strategy.