Moray MP Angus Robertson has been elected new depute leader of the SNP at the party’s autumn conference.
Mr Robertson won 52% of the vote, a clear frontrunner ahead of nearest rival, Edinburgh East MP Tommy Shepherd, who won 25% of the vote.
MEP Alyn Smith won 18% and Inverclyde councillor Chris McEleny 3% of the vote among the party’s membership.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Robertson spoke of his North-east roots and the importance of representing the whole of Scotland within the leadership team.
He said: “We represent the whole of the country and everyone who lives here, regardless of where they come from and we should never forget that.
“We have big challenges and big opportunities ahead.
“We are very, very close to independence and we must start campaigning right now.
“We must reach out to the 55% who voted no in 2014.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was delighted to have Mr Robertson as her party’s depute leader as she announced a bill for a second Independence referendum will be published next week.
She said: “I’m delighted to have you by my side as we lead our party and our country to even greater success.
“Over the next three days we will talk in detail about our work to build a better and fairer Scotland.”