When Nicola Sturgeon announced her impending departure from the leadership of the Scottish National Party, she assured her supporters that there was a wealth of talent vying to take her place.

As Scotland Correspondent Libby Brooks tells Hannah Moore, the resulting leadership contest has been a period of cold realization for many supporters of Scottish independence. Not only do they not have a successor of anything like Sturgeon’s stature, the candidates are divided on both economic and social policy and even the best path to independence.

For a party accustomed to success at the ballot box and iron internal discipline, it has been a bracing contest now in the hands of party members. On March 27, they will announce a new leader and perhaps the fate of their party.

SNP leadership candidates Humza Yousaf, Ash Regan and Kate Forbes during the SNP leadership debate at the Tivoli Theater Company in Aberdeen.  Image: Craig Brough/PA Wire

Photo: Craig Brough/PA

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