Speaking after the leader of the SNP Alex Salmond announced that he is to stand down as party leader , the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:
"People will entirely understand this decision.
"He has exhausted his political purpose.
"He has been a hugely talented politician and a great communicator.
"But, even with those talents, it wasn't enough to win the single biggest prize he wanted, independence.
"People will wish him well as he chooses to step down.
"We know he intends to stay inside Scottish politics and we will wait to see how he shapes a new role."