A bullish Alex Salmond shrugged off Conservative talk about securing his Gordon seat when he launched his re-election campaign yesterday.
I'm going to blow my own trumpet.
All five political groups within Highland Council are engaged in talks to shape a possible coalition administration in the wake of the local authority elections.
Aberdeenshire voters head to the polls today to decide the political mix of the next elected council.
The SNP candidate for the Banff and Buchan Westminster seat has warned that a "hard Brexit" will jeopardise the future of fishing in the north-east.
Aberdeenshire Council has historically prided itself on being consensual, collegiate and removed from the party politics which mar its neighbouring authorities.
Aberdeenshire Council's Liberal Democrat group has pledged to increase spending on mental health services in the region ahead of the local government election in May.
Aberdeenshire Council's Labour group is battling to increase the number of female representatives on the local authority ahead of May's election.
Aberdeenshire Council's Conservative group has pledged to deliver a world-class "gold standard" education for every child in the north-east if they are elected to power next month.
Aberdeenshire Council's SNP group has pledged to double the amount of free healthcare available to local parents if elected in May.
A brace of independent Aberdeenshire councillors have said election candidates should focus on local issues and not become embroiled in national rows over Brexit and Scottish independence.
Enforced change and numerous retirements at Highland Council will guarantee new faces at the region's biggest local authority next month.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have announced their list of candidates for the upcoming Aberdeenshire Council elections and made a pledge to fight for local services.
A veteran councillor claims he has been kicked out of the SNP group for putting his community ahead of the party.
Councillors have approved new polling arrangements for this May's local election.
Some of the Highlands' longest serving councillors are to step down at May's local elections to make way for fresh talent.
Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has revealed he will visit Aberdeen after opening a new golf course in Scotland this month.
The SNP retained Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch - one of the largest constituencies in Scotland - with a significant increase in its majority.
Tensions flared last night as the SNP's Kevin Stewart stormed to victory to retain his Aberdeen Central seat.
Aberdeen South and North Kincardine once more turned nationalist yellow as voters returned Maureen Watt.
SNP candidate Richard Lochhead faced a voter backlash in Moray, as he narrowly clung onto his seat for a tenth year despite his majority being slashed by more than 8,000 votes. The Cabinet Minister for Rural Affairs and the Environment has been heavily criticised in recent months for his role in an IT blunder which has left Scottish farmers £500million out of pocket. The controversy came back to haunt the Nationalist stalwart last night at Elgin Town Hall, when Conservative opponent Douglas Ross secured 12,867 votes opposed to his 15,742 and threatened to stage a shocking scalp. In 2011, Mr Lochhead powered to the top of the polls with a majority win of 10,944, but that was cut to just 2,875 yesterday. A jubilant Mr Ross said the region was "no longer an SNP stronghold" as he celebrated coming runner-up with almost 40% of the 33, 421 votes cast. Mr Lochhead was visibly relieved as he learned the result, which he hailed as testament to the trust residents have in the SNP. He said: "I'm very proud of the SNP's track record since 2007 in making Scotland a better place. "It's a huge privilege to represent this beautiful constituency, and I thank voters for giving me the opportunity to serve in their national parliament." Mr Ross said: "I entered this hall tonight 11,000 votes behind Mr Lochhead, and now there are just 2,875 votes between us. "For many years, Moray has been seen as an SNP stronghold, and the message from this vote is that this is no longer the case. "With almost 40% of the vote, I can now say there is an alternative to the SNP in Moray - this is becoming a closer fight than it has ever been." The 33-year-old Fochabers and Lhanbryde councillor increased his share of the vote from the 2011 election by 6,994 votes. SNP supporters began the night in confident fashion, but grew more concerned as votes for Mr Ross piled up into the early hours. Following months of relentless campaigning, Nationalist supporters were "optimistic" that Mr Lochhead would be able to build further on his huge majority. However, by the time the result neared at 3am, Mr Ross's stack of ballots appeared even with those of the incumbent minister - and SNP insiders conceded the outcome had taken them by surprise. The seat's other candidates were Sean Morton, who received 3,547 votes for the Labour party and Jamie Paterson, who as Liberal Democrat candidate won a 1,265 share. Following the outcome Mr Morton congratulated the SNP, but urged Mr Lochhead to "stand up for Moray" in opposing the funding cuts his ministerial colleagues have dealt the area. And Mr Morton slammed Liberal Democrat Jamie Paterson for failing to appear at the election count. He added: "The Liberal Democrats need to show Moray some respect, we deserve an awful lot better than this." The voter turnout for the seat increased from 51.1% in 2011 to 54.1% this year, bringing the total number of voters to 33,543 from an electorate of 61,969.
SNP candidate Richard Lochhead has secured a landmark tenth year as Moray constituency MSP - but his majority has been drastically cut.
With just one full week of campaigning left ahead of May's Scottish Holyrood election, voters have been heading online in their droves to ask some big questions about the parties and the electoral process.
Energy minister Fergus Ewing has jumped to the defence of farm minister Richard Lochhead telling a group of farmers "his [Lochhead] heart beats passionately for the Scottish farming community".
Election officials are urging voters to ensure they are registered in order to have a say in shaping the next Scottish Parliament.
Secondary school pupils from across the north east last week learned first-hand about democracy and have been shown the value of using their vote as part of the latest Aberdeenshire Schools Election Project.
Labour candidate Mike Robb is set to lose his deposit in the fight for the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey seat, according to an SNP activist collating results at the Dingwall count.
"Neck and neck" is how things were supposedly shaping up at the Dingwall count at midnight, in the key battle between Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander and his main rival Drew Hendry, the SNP Highland Council leader.
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie believes his party has a "great chance" of holding onto all 11 of its seats north of the border as Thursday looms.
A man has been arrested in connection with an alleged assault in Inverness on the son of a candidate standing at the General Election.
With just five days to go until the 2015 general-election, Scottish Council for Development and Industry Highlands and islands director Fraser Grieve takes a look at what there is on offer for businesses in the north
We are now only days away from the most closely fought general-election in generations.