SENIOR SNP figures have admitted that the party cannot now win the independence referendum.
With 26 of 32 council areas declaring, the No vote was in front by 54 to 46 percent. Edinburgh was still to declare but rumoured to be a convincing No vote.
Party insiders told the Evening News there was now no chance of winning the vote.
Independence campaigners had secured a comfortable majority in Dundee, but the turnout in the city was 78.8% - lower than many other parts of Scotland indicating that the Yes campaign has not managed to get voters out in sufficient numbers.
SNP leader Alex Salmond had been expected to make an appearance at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre but instead went directly to Edinburgh from his home in Strichen.