Angus Robertson has announced he is standing down as depute leader of the SNP with immediate effect. He lost his Moray constituency to Conservative Douglas Ross in the UK general election last June. In a letter informing Nicola Sturgeon of his decision he said his mandate had been to partner her at Westminster but that it was now time to move on. He said in a tweet he would "always be there to help Scotland reach its full potential". It's been a tremendous honour to serve as deputy of @NicolaSturgeon and help transform Scottish politics.
Nicola Sturgeon will say the SNP's commitment to childcare is "unmatched" in the UK as she announces spending will double by 2020. Scotland's first minister will use a keynote speech at the party's autumn conference to flesh out plans to expand free early learning and childcare. The Scottish government has pledged to almost double free provision to 30 hours a week. It would apply to three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds. Ms Sturgeon will tell delegates in Glasgow the move would save working parents about £350 a month on the costs of childcare.