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Isabel Hardman is assistant editor of The Spectator and edits the Coffee House blog. She also writes a weekly column for The Daily Telegraph.


Labour conference: The new politics, according to Hilary Benn

21 September 2014 18:14

Judging by the reaction in the conference hall, Hilary Benn’s speech was the best of this afternoon’s session. Several people gave him a standing ovation. His task was rather easier… Continue reading


Tristram Hunt sweet talks party faithful with newsless Labour conference speech

21 September 2014 17:28

Tristram Hunt’s speech to the Labour conference was short and sweet. It was laden with sweeteners for party delegates, which is as things should be at these events, but perhaps… Continue reading

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Westminster leaders must now prove they can keep their promises

21 September 2014 13:57

The Westminster party leaders have disagreed with much Alex Salmond has said recently. But it’s pretty difficult to fault the assessment of the aftermath of the referendum that he gave… Continue reading

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Breaking: Alex Salmond resigns

19 September 2014 16:09

In the past few minutes, Alex Salmond has told a press conference that he is resigning as leader of the SNP and will stand down as First Minister. listen to… Continue reading

The Final Day Of Campaigning For The Scottish Referendum Ahead Of Tomorrow's Historic Vote

Indyref: Will Westminster really change?

19 September 2014 12:40

Lord Ashcroft’s post-referendum Scotland poll gives politicians claiming they’ve ‘heard’ voters a number of clues if in reality they’re still a bit confused. It suggests that those last few days… Continue reading


Salmond uses final rally to congratulate campaigners

17 September 2014 23:29

Anyone listening to Alex Salmond’s final pro-independence rally tonight in Perth might have been forgiven for thinking the ‘Yes’ campaign was in the lead in the polls. He used most… Continue reading


Two campaign styles: one from the head, one from the heart

17 September 2014 16:57

Aside from the odd angry moment, campaigning with ‘Yes’ in Kelvin this morning was very pleasant. It was also rather different from yesterday’s ‘No’ door knocking, and not just because… Continue reading

Party Leaders Campaign To Save The Union

Why a ‘No’ voter hurled abuse at ‘Yes’ campaigners

17 September 2014 14:15

I’ve just watched a passionate, informed debate about politics taking place on a street corner between three ordinary people. I’ve never seen that before. I should be thrilled, but instead… Continue reading

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Is the ‘Yes’ campaign winning converts – or preaching to the choir?

17 September 2014 10:59

In Glasgow, it’s difficult not to conclude that the ‘Yes’ camp has the momentum in these final few days. There are ‘No’ badges, posters and flags around the city, but… Continue reading


‘No’ quietly confident on campaign trail

16 September 2014 16:42

I’ve just spent a couple of hours on the Burnhill estate in Rutherglen watching a group of Labour ‘No’ campaigners knock on the doors of voters to find out how… Continue reading


Yes Scotland are running a sneaky campaign

16 September 2014 13:04

Here’s a clever poster from the ‘Yes’ campaign. It was handed to me by an activist outside Glasgow Central Station who was asking people if they wanted ‘more information for… Continue reading

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Lib Dems switch on the sunshine – and attack ‘sinister’ Yes tactics

16 September 2014 12:12

The Lib Dems have just launched the final leg of their campaign against Scottish independence, which is a poster van with Charles Kennedy’s head emblazoned across it and three of… Continue reading

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Indyref: The promise, and its problems

16 September 2014 8:18

The three Westminster leaders have made their promise. On the front page of the Daily Record, they all sign up to a vow that includes new powers for the Scottish… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s final plea to Scottish voters

15 September 2014 17:58

David Cameron has just delivered one of the best speeches of his career in Aberdeen. It was emotional, sincere, clear. The Prime Minister pleaded with Scots to stay in the… Continue reading

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Why bias and bullying matters to both sides in the independence debate

15 September 2014 17:36

Why, in the final few days of campaigning, are both sides in the Scottish independence referendum becoming obsessed with bullying and media bias? Shouldn’t they use their valuable airtime making… Continue reading

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Sportsmen and sleights of hand: Indyref enters the final frenzy

15 September 2014 8:45

Just a few days now until it’s all over, and those against Scottish independence are trying every option. David Beckham has written of the ‘common bond’ between English and Scottish… Continue reading

Scottish Referendum Campaigning Enters The Final Stages

Latest indyref polls give mixed message

13 September 2014 20:23

Who will be relieved and reassured when they read this weekend’s polls on how Thursday’s independence referendum will go? Well, it looks like neither camp has much to celebrate as… Continue reading

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Boris selected: what’s next for the Tory leadership hopeful?

13 September 2014 10:42

Unsurprisingly, Uxbridge and South Ruislip Conservatives picked Boris Johnson last night as their parliamentary candidate for the 2015 election. Boris has a 11,216 majority to defend, but that’s only the… Continue reading

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How the ‘No’ camp should react to its regained poll lead

12 September 2014 8:57

Anyone who thinks that the latest YouGov poll on Scottish independence, which shows the ‘No’ camp with a six-point lead over ‘Yes’ at 52 per cent to 48 per cent… Continue reading

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What would the Tory party really do if Scotland voted ‘yes’?

11 September 2014 17:46

Even when it is at peace, the Conservative party deals in hypotheticals all of which involve David Cameron being ousted in one way or another. That’s why backbenchers have been… Continue reading

Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

Alex Salmond’s persecution complex

11 September 2014 14:48

Alex Salmond gave a very good speech earlier today about why Scots should vote for independence. It was full of the sort of emotion and rhetoric that the ‘No’ campaign… Continue reading

Party Leaders Campaign To Save The Union

The result of the Scottish referendum will be seismic whether yes or no

10 September 2014 17:16

It is very difficult to see how David Cameron would survive a ‘Yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum. There are certainly Conservatives who are making detailed plans to oust the… Continue reading


The row over Bercow’s clerk choice rumbles on…

10 September 2014 17:12

A little later today, MPs will move from discussing ‘Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security’, a debate title that shows how dreadful the international scene is at the moment,… Continue reading

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Cameron and Miliband have panicked well today

10 September 2014 16:34

While Westminster sent its own plea to Scottish voters, David Cameron and Ed Miliband were both making fine, impassioned speeches that both tried to scotch the SNP line that a… Continue reading

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PMQs: Harman and Hague drop the questions and give a joint speech to save the Union

10 September 2014 13:27

PMQs was an odd affair today, and not just because there was no PM. It was more that William Hague and Harriet Harman, left in charge while their respective leaders… Continue reading