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Nicola Sturgeon taking a selfie. Getty Images.

This is a social media election. But in the most miserable, sinister way

24 April 2015 13:29

A friend of mine was notorious at university for photoshopping every single photo of her that went onto Facebook. Every snap in a nightclub or lounging on the beach went… Continue reading

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David Cameron interview: ‘I feel I have worked my socks off’

22 April 2015 16:22

In this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow, James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson have interviewed the Prime Minister David Cameron. He discusses why even his closest colleagues think he needs to show more… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon Joins Alex Salmond On The Campaign Trail

Five rules of politics that Nicola Sturgeon has broken

20 April 2015 12:39

Nicola Sturgeon met my Auntie Patsy over the weekend, then was kind enough to tweet a picture of their encounter (below). Seeing her sandwiched between the two people most likely… Continue reading

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SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond campaign in the Gordon constituency on April 18, 2015 in Inverurie, Scotland.

Campaign kick-off: 17 days to go

20 April 2015 8:51

The campaign’s focus will swing back to Scotland today, with Nicola Sturgeon launching the SNP’s manifesto in Edinburgh. Ed Miliband is also heading north, to address the Scottish TUC and… Continue reading

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Feisty Cameron warns English voters of the ‘frightening prospect’ of the SNP propping up a Labour government

19 April 2015 10:29

David Cameron has just delivered his feistiest performance of the election campaign yet. In a combative interview with Andrew Marr, the Tory leader repeatedly described the prospect of a Labour… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon sets out roadmap to a second referendum

19 April 2015 10:07

Most politicians are having a miserable election, but not so Nicola Sturgeon. Her party is terrifying Labour in Scotland, she has put in very strong performances in the TV debates,… Continue reading

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‘Naughty’ Nicola Sturgeon reveals the saucy portrait that hangs in her home

17 April 2015 17:02

Nicola Sturgeon’s style transformation over the past decade has been well-documented. The Mail on Sunday journalist Liz Jones went so far as to suggest that she had gone from being… Continue reading

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The BBC debate confirmed some unhelpful female stereotypes

17 April 2015 12:26

If I were a nicer person, I suppose I’d have been rather more moved by what the Independent called the moment that summed up last night’s leaders debate, the ‘beautiful group hug’… Continue reading

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Labour Party leader Ed Miiband, Plaid Cymru Party leader Leanne Wood, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon and Ukip leader Nigel Farage after the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015 at Central Hall Westminster, London..

Campaign kick-off: 20 days to go

17 April 2015 9:38

The third week of the election campaign looks set to end with a day of reflection. Last night’s opposition leaders’ debate provided plenty of things to ponder, not least how… Continue reading

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Labour Party leader Ed Miiband, Plaid Cymru Party leader Leanne Wood, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon and Ukip leader Nigel Farage after the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015 at Central Hall Westminster, London..

Ed Miliband’s gamble paid off but the Scottish question still haunts him

16 April 2015 22:56

Ed Miliband took a risk by turning up to this debate and until the last question it looked like it had definitely paid off. Miliband avoided conceding too much to… Continue reading

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The set of tonight's opposition leaders debate. Photo: Ross Hawkins/BBC.

As it happened: TV opposition leaders’ debate

16 April 2015 19:49

Welcome to The Spectator’s live coverage of the opposition leaders’ debate on the BBC. We’ll be providing the latest developments and analysis on the programme, starting at 8pm this evening. This page will automatically reload

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Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labour Party, greets supporters as they leave following the unveiling of their political party's election manifesto in London, U.K., on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Podcast: the rise of left wing populism and Julie Burchill vs. Katie Hopkins

16 April 2015 8:38

What do Ed Miliband, Hillary Clinton and Nicola Sturgeon have in common? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Jamie Kirchick, Fraser Nelson and Alex Massie discuss the rise of left-wing populism in Britain, Scotland and… Continue reading

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Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

What’s going on in Scotland

11 April 2015 11:04

If the election in England is the political equivalent of trench warfare with Labour and the Tories inching forwards and then back, what’s going on in Scotland is a rout… Continue reading

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Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Sturgeon hints that the SNP would never back a Labour budget

9 April 2015 11:57

“Is it sensible to spend your way out of debt?” ran the opening question in the last night’s Scottish leaders debate – marking it out, straight away, as something very… Continue reading

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Stamp Duty Concerns Scottish Conservative MP Ruth Davidson

Ruth Davidson, Scotland’s Iron Lady, could be just what the Tories need

8 April 2015 18:40

Nicola Sturgeon has been described as a rock star politician. In Tuesday’s STV debate she looked like one who is suffering from second album syndrome. Having impressed a UK-wide audience… Continue reading

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Scottish Party Leaders Participate In A Live STV Debate

Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP continue to defy the usual laws of politics

8 April 2015 18:07

It’s nice to be noticed. I cannot recall the Scottish portion of a UK general election ever exciting this much interest from folk unfortunate enough to live south of the… Continue reading

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Campaign kick-off: 29 days to go

8 April 2015 8:44

Finally, we have a policy to debate. Ed Miliband has set the agenda for the campaign today with a pledge that Labour would scrap the ‘non-dom’ tax status. After weeks… Continue reading

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A general view as (L-R) Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy, First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie take part in the Scottish Television Debate at the Assembly Rooms on April 7, 2015 in Edinburgh.

Listen: The Spectator’s take on the Scottish leaders’ debates

7 April 2015 23:49

The Scottish leaders’ debate was, so far, the most informative TV debate of the campaign. In a View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I analyse which party leaders gained… Continue reading

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First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon (3rd R) speaks as (L-R) Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie look on during the Scottish Television Debate at the Assembly Rooms on April 7, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Three ways the Scottish leaders’ debate will affect the UK general election campaign ​

7 April 2015 23:11

Tonight’s Scottish debate isn’t going to fundamentally alter the dynamics of this general election campaign in Scotland. But it will reverberate through the UK-wide general election campaign. Both Ed Miliband… Continue reading

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Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie, First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy pose for a photograph prior to the Scottish Television Debate at the Assembly Rooms on April 7, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

As it happened: Scottish leaders’ debate

7 April 2015 19:45

Welcome to The Spectator’s live coverage of the Scottish leaders’ debate on STV. We’ll be providing the latest developments and analysis on the programme, starting at 8pm this evening. This… Continue reading

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Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon Gives A Speech On Child Poverty

My night with Nicola Sturgeon

7 April 2015 17:27

When I watch Nicola Sturgeon exercising her newfound charm and confidence, I experience a pang of intimate regret. Some 15 years ago — when she was a new MSP and… Continue reading

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Attends CND Scotland Scrap Trident Rally

The Scottish TV debates offer Labour one final chance to hold back the SNP advance

7 April 2015 10:57

Tonight’s Scottish leaders’ debate in Edinburgh is as important to the general election campaign as last week’s debate featuring Cameron, Miliband et al in Manchester. Both this debate and the… Continue reading

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David Cameron Speaks At The Conservative Party General Election Rally

Tories convinced ‘moment of maximum danger’ has passed

5 April 2015 12:45

On Thursday night, David Cameron didn’t eviscerate the competition. But nor did he suffer any damage and that, to Tory high command, meant that it was job done. The Tory… Continue reading

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Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Why the leaked Nicola Stugeon memo rings true 

4 April 2015 13:22

After 15 hours of fascinating and – let’s face it – fairly exciting developments in l’affaire Sturgeon, here’s where I think we are, and I’ll try to stick as much… Continue reading

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Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Leaked memo shows Nicola Sturgeon admitting that the SNP prefers Cameron to Miliband

3 April 2015 21:42

So who does Nicola Sturgeon really want as Prime Minister? Her official line is that she’d put in anyone but the wicked Tories – indeed, Alex Salmond told me last… Continue reading

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